De Puniet creates MotoGP history by topping practice

  • Saturday 10th November, 2012 7:08am
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
Randy de Puniet at a wet Valencian circuit

Randy de Puniet at a wet Valencian circuit

Randy de Puniet has created his own piece of MotoGP history, becoming the first of the CRT class riders to top a MotoGP session.

During a weather-affected second free practice session ahead of this Sunday’s Grand Prix in Valencia, Spain, de Puniet took his Power Electronics Aspar team bike to a 1:36.935s, just edging out fellow CRT rider Michele Pirro.

Most leading MotoGP riders did not turn a lap during the second session.

Both practice sessions were affected by wet weather, causing a major disturbance to MotoGP teams for the final MotoGP of 2012.

Ducati’s team rider Nicky Hayden topped the first session, looking comfortable on his bike, despite the greasy conditions.

He edged out Honda’s Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha’s recently-crowned MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo.

Hayden could only manage third in the second wet session, with the day belonging to history maker de Puniet.

“This morning I felt very comfortable with the bike and even though the track was wet and the rear was moving around,” the Frenchman said.

“I could tell that the new surface has good grip. The bumps have been taken out and it is easier to ride.

“The track conditions this afternoon were mixed but we tried to get a feeling for the slicks in the damp. It was hard to tell where the circuit was wet and where it was dry because the tarmac is dark. Even so, I felt comfortable and I am happy because we finished the session on top.”

Qualifying will be held on Saturday afternoon local time.

Free Practice 1

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
169Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati306.41’44.485 
226Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda306.61’45.4901.005 / 1.005
399Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha304.61’45.9451.460 / 0.455
44Andrea DOVIZIOSOITAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha308.61’46.0211.536 / 0.076
519Alvaro BAUTISTASPASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda303.71’46.4131.928 / 0.392
641Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART293.31’46.5742.089 / 0.161
746Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati306.51’46.6782.193 / 0.104
835Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha299.61’46.8392.354 / 0.161
914Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART290.11’47.0392.554 / 0.200
101Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda295.41’47.5273.042 / 0.488
116Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda297.31’47.8253.340 / 0.298
1217Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati292.61’47.8623.377 / 0.037
1321Katsuyuki NAKASUGAJPNYamaha Factory RacingYamaha298.11’48.1103.625 / 0.248
1451Michele PIRROITASan Carlo Honda GresiniFTR285.11’48.2443.759 / 0.134
1522Ivan SILVASPAAvintia BlusensBQR286.31’48.9184.433 / 0.674
169Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter290.21’49.1434.658 / 0.225
178Hector BARBERASPAPramac Racing TeamDucati302.61’49.4444.959 / 0.301
185Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingSuter290.61’49.7485.263 / 0.304
1977James ELLISONGBRPaul Bird MotorsportART287.21’50.7356.250 / 0.987
 84Roberto ROLFOITASpeed MasterART288.11’51.8267.341 / 1.091
 71Claudio CORTIITAAvintia BlusensInmotec282.71’51.9967.511 / 0.170
 73Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNAvintia BlusensBQR265.91’54.2459.760 / 2.249

Free Practice 2

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
114Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART297.81’36.965 
251Michele PIRROITASan Carlo Honda GresiniFTR295.01’37.0840.119 / 0.119
369Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati306.81’37.3890.424 / 0.305
417Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati306.41’37.7820.817 / 0.393
546Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati312.21’38.1151.150 / 0.333
69Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter294.11’38.3001.335 / 0.185
722Ivan SILVASPAAvintia BlusensBQR292.31’38.3041.339 / 0.004
884Roberto ROLFOITASpeed MasterART293.91’38.9051.940 / 0.601
977James ELLISONGBRPaul Bird MotorsportART298.41’39.8372.872 / 0.932
1073Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNAvintia BlusensBQR299.91’40.4973.532 / 0.660
1171Claudio CORTIITAAvintia BlusensInmotec289.61’42.9936.028 / 2.496
 35Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha296.91’44.3847.419 / 1.391
 19Alvaro BAUTISTASPASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda304.11’44.5647.599 / 0.180
 21Katsuyuki NAKASUGAJPNYamaha Factory RacingYamaha288.71’45.1808.215 / 0.616
 41Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART287.51’45.4268.461 / 0.246
 8Hector BARBERASPAPramac Racing TeamDucati292.41’45.6788.713 / 0.252
 5Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingSuter241.12’06.87329.908 / 21.195
 1Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda   
 4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha   
 6Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda   
 26Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda   
 99Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha  

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