De Puniet creates MotoGP history by topping practice

  • Saturday 10th November, 2012 7:08am
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
Screen Shot 2012 11 10 at 8.20.08 AM 344x203 De Puniet creates MotoGP history by topping practice

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. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 306.4 1’44.485  
2 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 306.6 1’45.490 1.005 / 1.005
3 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 304.6 1’45.945 1.460 / 0.455
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 308.6 1’46.021 1.536 / 0.076
5 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 303.7 1’46.413 1.928 / 0.392
6 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 293.3 1’46.574 2.089 / 0.161
7 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 306.5 1’46.678 2.193 / 0.104
8 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 299.6 1’46.839 2.354 / 0.161
9 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 290.1 1’47.039 2.554 / 0.200
10 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 295.4 1’47.527 3.042 / 0.488
11 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 297.3 1’47.825 3.340 / 0.298
12 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 292.6 1’47.862 3.377 / 0.037
13 21 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA JPN Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 298.1 1’48.110 3.625 / 0.248
14 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 285.1 1’48.244 3.759 / 0.134
15 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 286.3 1’48.918 4.433 / 0.674
16 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 290.2 1’49.143 4.658 / 0.225
17 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 302.6 1’49.444 4.959 / 0.301
18 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 290.6 1’49.748 5.263 / 0.304
19 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 287.2 1’50.735 6.250 / 0.987
  84 Roberto ROLFO ITA Speed Master ART 288.1 1’51.826 7.341 / 1.091
  71 Claudio CORTI ITA Avintia Blusens Inmotec 282.7 1’51.996 7.511 / 0.170
  73 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Avintia Blusens BQR 265.9 1’54.245 9.760 / 2.249

Free Practice 2

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 297.8 1’36.965  
2 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 295.0 1’37.084 0.119 / 0.119
3 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 306.8 1’37.389 0.424 / 0.305
4 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 306.4 1’37.782 0.817 / 0.393
5 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 312.2 1’38.115 1.150 / 0.333
6 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 294.1 1’38.300 1.335 / 0.185
7 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 292.3 1’38.304 1.339 / 0.004
8 84 Roberto ROLFO ITA Speed Master ART 293.9 1’38.905 1.940 / 0.601
9 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 298.4 1’39.837 2.872 / 0.932
10 73 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Avintia Blusens BQR 299.9 1’40.497 3.532 / 0.660
11 71 Claudio CORTI ITA Avintia Blusens Inmotec 289.6 1’42.993 6.028 / 2.496
  35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 296.9 1’44.384 7.419 / 1.391
  19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 304.1 1’44.564 7.599 / 0.180
  21 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA JPN Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 288.7 1’45.180 8.215 / 0.616
  41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 287.5 1’45.426 8.461 / 0.246
  8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 292.4 1’45.678 8.713 / 0.252
  5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 241.1 2’06.873 29.908 / 21.195
  1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda      
  4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha      
  6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda      
  26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda      
  99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha    

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