Dani Pedrosa on top in practice at Indianapolis

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Saturday 18th August, 2012 - 9:12am

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Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa

Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa has scorched to the fastest practice time at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix in the United States.

Pedrosa’s superb time in the high 1.37s was sufficient to oust Yamaha Factory Racing’s charging Ben Spies and his team-mate Jorge Lorenzo took third spot.

Lorenzo, however, may have an ace up his sleeve, as he aborted his final hot lap on the final turn, denying a true indication of his outright pace.

Fourth fastest was Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso, who was only marginally behind Lorenzo on board his satellite machine.

Casey Stoner topped the opening morning session, but could only manage fifth best in the second session. Rear suspension issues during the session meant he spent the final five minutes on his number two bike.

British rider Cal Crutchlow took sixth spot ahead of San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista, Stefan Bradl and Ducati Team’s duo of Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi.

Héctor Barberá endured a huge highside at the final turn in the morning session. Barberá suffered fractures in his dorsal vertebrae 5, 6 and 8, rendering him unfit for this weekend. He is currently at Indianapolis Methodist Hospital where he will be kept overnight for observation.

Free Practice 1

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 325.7 1’41.925
2 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 326.8 1’42.106 0.181 / 0.181
3 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 326.9 1’42.472 0.547 / 0.366
4 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 325.9 1’42.536 0.611 / 0.064
5 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 322.9 1’43.027 1.102 / 0.491
6 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 326.1 1’43.195 1.270 / 0.168
7 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 322.2 1’43.295 1.370 / 0.100
8 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 326.0 1’43.312 1.387 / 0.017
9 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 328.7 1’43.345 1.420 / 0.033
10 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 280.5 1’43.736 1.811 / 0.391
11 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 324.8 1’43.745 1.820 / 0.009
12 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 304.7 1’44.328 2.403 / 0.583
13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 306.9 1’44.714 2.789 / 0.386
14 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 324.1 1’44.739 2.814 / 0.025
15 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 309.4 1’44.913 2.988 / 0.174
16 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 311.6 1’46.298 4.373 / 1.385
17 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 305.2 1’46.332 4.407 / 0.034
18 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 306.0 1’46.480 4.555 / 0.148
19 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 306.6 1’46.520 4.595 / 0.040
20 15 Steve RAPP USA Attack Performance APR 286.5 1’46.619 4.694 / 0.099
21 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 287.5 1’46.941 5.016 / 0.322
22 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 296.7 1’47.506 5.581 / 0.565
23 20 Aaron YATES USA GPTech BCL 1’48.054 6.129 / 0.548

Free Practice 2

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 335.7 1’39.783
2 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 329.7 1’40.078 0.295 / 0.295
3 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 328.5 1’40.502 0.719 / 0.424
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 330.3 1’40.560 0.777 / 0.058
5 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 331.4 1’40.623 0.840 / 0.063
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 330.4 1’41.055 1.272 / 0.432
7 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 333.3 1’41.072 1.289 / 0.017
8 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 330.6 1’41.255 1.472 / 0.183
9 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 332.4 1’41.397 1.614 / 0.142
10 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 333.3 1’41.529 1.746 / 0.132
11 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 314.5 1’41.855 2.072 / 0.326
12 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 331.7 1’42.279 2.496 / 0.424
13 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 312.8 1’42.290 2.507 / 0.011
14 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 313.5 1’42.360 2.577 / 0.070
15 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 308.4 1’42.761 2.978 / 0.401
16 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 314.3 1’42.761 2.978
17 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 328.9 1’43.095 3.312 / 0.334
18 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 312.3 1’43.813 4.030 / 0.718
19 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 310.8 1’44.122 4.339 / 0.309
20 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 309.5 1’44.127 4.344 / 0.005
21 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 292.7 1’44.609 4.826 / 0.482
22 20 Aaron YATES USA GPTech BCL 1’46.021 6.238 / 1.412
15 Steve RAPP USA Attack Performance APR

 

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