2012 Valencia MotoGP FP3 Result: Pedrosa Leads As Conditions Improve

Dani Pedrosa took advantage of rapidly improving track conditions to top the final session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Valencia. Like most of the riders, Pedrosa spent a large part of the session sitting in the garage waiting for the track to dry, after a few exploratory laps to check conditions. As the sun started to burn off the damp patches, the entire field came out to test the surface.

Lap times dropped as the session went on, and in the end, it was Dani Pedrosa who ended the day as fastest. The Repsol Honda man had a clear advantage, ending over six tenths ahead of the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha pairing, Andrea Dovizioso taking his turn to lead Cal Crutchlow. LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl grabbed 4th, finishing ahead of Nicky Hayden on the Ducati. Jorge Lorenzo was once again slow off the mark, managing only the 6th fastest time over a second and a quarter slower than Pedrosa. Alvaro Bautista set the 7th fastest time, finishing ahead of Randy De Puniet, the Frenchman having a good weekend in difficult conditions. Casey Stoner, still cautious of his injured ankle, ended the session in 9th, ahead of Michele Pirro on the Gresini FTR Honda.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'33.033    
2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO YAMAHA 1'33.641 0.608 0.608
3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 1'33.672 0.639 0.031
4 6 Stefan BRADL HONDA 1'33.751 0.718 0.079
5 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'34.263 1.230 0.512
6 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'34.296 1.263 0.033
7 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA HONDA 1'34.764 1.731 0.468
8 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 1'34.915 1.882 0.151
9 1 Casey STONER HONDA 1'34.991 1.958 0.076
10 51 Michele PIRRO FTR 1'35.371 2.338 0.380
11 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 1'35.824 2.791 0.453
12 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 1'35.919 2.886 0.095
13 84 Roberto ROLFO ART 1'36.149 3.116 0.230
14 8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'36.192 3.159 0.043
15 21 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA YAMAHA 1'36.267 3.234 0.075
16 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 1'36.517 3.484 0.250
17 9 Danilo PETRUCCI IODA-SUTER 1'36.538 3.505 0.021
18 22 Ivan SILVA BQR 1'36.753 3.720 0.215
19 73 Hiroshi AOYAMA BQR 1'37.701 4.668 0.948
20 5 Colin EDWARDS SUTER 1'37.969 4.936 0.268
21 71 Claudio CORTI INMOTEC 1'38.663 5.630 0.694
Not qualified (Out 107%) 1'39.545
7 7 James ELLISON ART 1'46.122 13.089 7.459

 

Round Number: 
18
2012
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