2012 Misano MotoGP FP2 Result: Abraham Quickest In Another Lost Session

The conditions were not kind to the MotoGP class at Misano, once again refusing either to rain properly to allow the use of full wet tires or to dry out enough to set decent lap times on slicks. The miserable weather saw many riders just sat in the pits, with championship contenders Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa not willing to risk injury at this crucial stage of the championship.

Of the riders that did ride, it was Karel Abraham who was quickest, heading up James Ellison by over a second, with Michele Pirro in 3rd, ahead of Yonny Hernandez. Jonathan Rea spent a few laps on the Repsol Honda, still getting acclimatized to a MotoGP bike, and setting the 5th fastest time. 

The weather is expected to improve a little tomorrow, though the day could still start out wet, but Sunday promises to be warmer and completely dry. Hopefully, the fans coming to the circuit will see more riders out on track tomorrow.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 1'42.030    
2 77 James ELLISON ART 1'43.204 1.174 1.174
3 51 Michele PIRRO FTR 1'44.299 2.269 1.095
4 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ BQR 1'44.565 2.535 0.266
5 56 Jonathan REA HONDA 1'44.999 2.969 0.434
6 9 Danilo PETRUCCI IODA-SUTER 1'45.048 3.018 0.049
7 44 David SALOM BQR 1'46.351 4.321 1.303
8 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'46.471 4.441 0.120
Not qualified (Out 107%) 1'49.172
  14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 1'50.103 8.073 3.632
  54 Mattia PASINI ART 1'50.641 8.611 0.538
  19 Alvaro BAUTISTA HONDA 1'50.977 8.947 0.336
Not Classified
  4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO YAMAHA      
  5 Colin EDWARDS SUTER      
  6 Stefan BRADL HONDA      
  8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI      
  26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA      
  41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART      
  46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI      
  69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI      
  99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA      


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Washed out Friday practise. Johnny Rea is really up against it individually.
Good to see him go out in the pm session if only to get a little more feel for the electronics. It promises to be a dry Sunday and iffy tomorrow.
Qualy and the race promises to be a lottery. Promises do get broken. A shower during qualy could see a huge grid re-shuffle beyond the norm.
I've always been of the opinion that a racer should grasp the opportunity rather than wait for the weather to fall into the appropriate timing slot.

Any rider who did go out and ended up injured or lost an engine would be slandered immediately....