2012 Valencia MotoGP FP1 Result: Hayden Tops Rain-Hit Session

Nicky Hayden has topped the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Valencia. The rain which started falling at the start of the session meant there was enough water on the track for wet tires, and as the last moments of the session ticked away, Hayden jumped ahead of Dani Pedrosa, who had been leading for most of the session. Hayden's lap was impressive, putting over a second between himself and Dani Pedrosa, the Repsol Honda man having to settle for 2nd. Jorge Lorenzo took 3rd spot, nearly half a second behind Pedrosa, and only fractionally ahead of Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Andrea Dovizioso, while Alvaro Bautista nabbed 5th on the San Carlo Gresini Honda.

Aleix Espargaro used the rain to his advantage, the wet weather rendering the acceleration disadvantage his Aprilia CRT machine has over the factory prototypes irrelevant. Espargaro ended the session a tenth of a second ahead of Valentino Rossi on the second Factory Ducati, while Cal Crutchlow took 8th. Espargaro's Aspar teammate Randy De Puniet was equally fast, setting the 9th time ahead of the retiring World Champion Casey Stoner.

More wet weather is expected throughout the weekend, though the forecast is highly unstable at the moment. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'44.485    
2 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'45.490 1.005 1.005
3 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'45.945 1.460 0.455
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO YAMAHA 1'46.021 1.536 0.076
5 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA HONDA 1'46.413 1.928 0.392
6 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 1'46.574 2.089 0.161
7 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 1'46.678 2.193 0.104
8 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 1'46.839 2.354 0.161
9 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 1'47.039 2.554 0.200
10 1 Casey STONER HONDA 1'47.527 3.042 0.488
11 6 Stefan BRADL HONDA 1'47.825 3.340 0.298
12 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 1'47.862 3.377 0.037
13 21 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA YAMAHA 1'48.110 3.625 0.248
14 51 Michele PIRRO FTR 1'48.244 3.759 0.134
15 22 Ivan SILVA BQR 1'48.918 4.433 0.674
16 9 Danilo PETRUCCI IODA-SUTER 1'49.143 4.658 0.225
17 8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'49.444 4.959 0.301
18 5 Colin EDWARDS SUTER 1'49.748 5.263 0.304
19 77 James ELLISON ART 1'50.735 6.250 0.987
Not qualified (Out 107%) 1'51.799
8 4 Roberto ROLFO ART 1'51.826 7.341 1.091
7 1 Claudio CORTI INMOTEC 1'51.996 7.511 0.170
7 3 Hiroshi AOYAMA BQR 1'54.245 9.760 2.249

 

Round Number: 
18
2012
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