Lorenzo sets scorching Barcelona practice pace

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Saturday 2nd June, 2012 - 12:55am

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Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo has set the fastest ever motorcycle lap of the Barcelona circuit during the opening day of running ahead of this weekend’s Catalan Grand Prix.

Lorenzo clocked a best time of 1:42.10s during the second of two practice sessions.

Alvaro Bautista joined his fellow Spaniard in lapping below the previous practice lap record to end the day just 0.21s adrift in second place.

Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso were third and fourth respectively after an encouraging afternoon for the Tech 3 Yamaha squad.

The Practice 2 top 10 was completed by Hector Barbera, Ben Spies, Dani Pedrosa, Stefan Bradl, Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner.

Stoner was surprisingly off-the-pace in the second session having earlier topped the sheets in Practice 1.

Aspar Aprillia pair Randy de Puniet and Aleix Espargaro proved the class of the CRT riders in both sessions, with the former on top in Practice 1 and the latter fastest in Practice 2.

Lorenzo heads Stoner by eight points at the top of the championship standings heading into this weekend’s fifth race of the season.

See below for the full Practice 2 result

Pos.

Rider

Team

Bike

Time

Gap 1st/Prev.

1 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1’42.099
2 Alvaro BAUTISTA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1’42.306 0.207 / 0.207
3 Cal CRUTCHLOW Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’42.447 0.348 / 0.141
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’42.592 0.493 / 0.145
5 Hector BARBERA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1’42.639 0.540 / 0.047
6 Ben SPIES Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1’42.802 0.703 / 0.163
7 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’42.870 0.771 / 0.068
8 Stefan BRADL LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1’42.943 0.844 / 0.073
9 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati Team Ducati 1’43.057 0.958 / 0.114
10 Casey STONER Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’43.134 1.035 / 0.077
11 Karel ABRAHAM Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 1’43.341 1.242 / 0.207
12 Valentino ROSSI Ducati Team Ducati 1’43.538 1.439 / 0.197
13 Aleix ESPARGARO Power Electronics Aspar ART 1’44.738 2.639 / 1.200
14 Randy DE PUNIET Power Electronics Aspar ART 1’44.771 2.672 / 0.033
15 Michele PIRRO San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 1’45.631 3.532 / 0.860
16 Colin EDWARDS NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 1’45.868 3.769 / 0.237
17 Yonny HERNANDEZ Avintia Blusens BQR 1’46.450 4.351 / 0.582
18 Ivan SILVA Avintia Blusens BQR 1’46.500 4.401 / 0.050
19 Mattia PASINI Speed Master ART 1’46.503 4.404 / 0.003
20 James ELLISON Paul Bird Motorsport ART 1’46.836 4.737 / 0.333
21 Danilo PETRUCCI Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 1’47.436 5.337 / 0.600

See below for the full Practice 1 result

Pos.

Rider

Team

Bike

Time

Gap 1st/Prev.

1 Casey STONER Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’42.775
2 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’42.875 0.100 / 0.100
3 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1’43.008 0.233 / 0.133
4 Cal CRUTCHLOW Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’43.182 0.407 / 0.174
5 Ben SPIES Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1’43.191 0.416 / 0.009
6 Stefan BRADL LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1’43.245 0.470 / 0.054
7 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati Team Ducati 1’43.246 0.471 / 0.001
8 Karel ABRAHAM Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 1’43.315 0.540 / 0.069
9 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’43.371 0.596 / 0.056
10 Alvaro BAUTISTA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1’43.493 0.718 / 0.122
11 Valentino ROSSI Ducati Team Ducati 1’43.537 0.762 / 0.044
12 Hector BARBERA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1’43.624 0.849 / 0.087
13 Randy DE PUNIET Power Electronics Aspar ART 1’44.915 2.140 / 1.291
14 Aleix ESPARGARO Power Electronics Aspar ART 1’45.281 2.506 / 0.366
15 Michele PIRRO San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 1’45.939 3.164 / 0.658
16 Mattia PASINI Speed Master ART 1’46.234 3.459 / 0.295
17 Colin EDWARDS NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 1’46.748 3.973 / 0.514
18 Ivan SILVA Avintia Blusens BQR 1’46.848 4.073 / 0.100
19 James ELLISON Paul Bird Motorsport ART 1’46.908 4.133 / 0.060
20 Danilo PETRUCCI Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 1’47.149 4.374 / 0.241
21 Yonny HERNANDEZ Avintia Blusens BQR 1’47.181 4.406 / 0.032

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