Published on 17 Jun 2012 by Toni M.
The weather at Silverstone was sunny and dry even if there was still a stiff wind blowing for this morning’s MotoGP’s warm-up practice and for several riders lap times dropped compared to their qualifying times.
The fastest rider was Jorge Lorenzo who had several runs under the 2.04 mark and finally stopped the clock in 2’03″763. Nicky Hayden was an excellent second and proving that he would have been higher on today’s starting grid if he hadn’t crashed out at the Vale yesterday, as he was just 0.219s from Lorenzo.
Putting his Honda into third was Casey Stoner who as usual was in and out of his garage for a total of seven laps and he too was just a little of two tenths of a second adrift for the top Yamaha rider. Ben Spies show great consistency as he finished fourth ahead of Andrea Dovizioso and Silverstone pole man Alvaro Bautista.
Hector Barbera had another good session as he seventh and a little less than eighth tenths off pace, the new electronics on his GP12 Valencia version is doing wonders for the Spaniard. Stefan Bradl was eighth and the last rider to be within a second from the top of the timesheets.
Valentino Rossi ended up 9th but he managed to shave off almost a second from his yesterday’s qualifying time and avoiding the bump at the Vale like the plague. Cal Crutchlow received the all clear from the Silverstone medics and griting his teeth for his home crowd he took the 10th spot.
Mattia Pasini had an awful session, he crashed out at the start of the practice and when he returned to track with his second bike it died on him and he didn’t record one single lap. James Ellison had a big highside at the Woodcote and he limped off track assisted by the marshals.
MotoGP Silverstone Warm-Up Results:
01- Jorge Lorenzo – Yamaha Factory Racing – Yamaha YZR M1 – 2’03.662
02- Nicky Hayden – Ducati Team – Ducati Desmosedici GP12 – + 0.219
03- Casey Stoner – Repsol Honda Team – Honda RC213V – + 0.290
04- Ben Spies – Yamaha Factory Racing – Yamaha YZR M1 – + 0.399
05- Andrea Dovizioso – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – Yamaha YZR M1 – + 0.666
06- Alvaro Bautista – San Carlo Honda Gresini – Honda RC213V – + 0.766
07- Hector Barbera – Pramac Racing Team – Ducati Desmosedici GP12 – + 0.797
08- Stefan Bradl – LCR Honda MotoGP – Honda RC213V – + 0.831
09- Valentino Rossi – Ducati Team – Ducati Desmosedici GP12 – + 1.034
10- Cal Crutchlow – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – Yamaha YZR M1 – + 1.337
11- Dani Pedrosa – Repsol Honda Team – Honda RC213V – + 1.637
12- Aleix Espargaro – Power Electronics Aspar – ART GP12 – + 2.533
13- Randy De Puniet – Power Electronics Aspar – ART GP12 – + 2.683
14- Michele Pirro – San Carlo Honda Gresini – FTR Honda – + 3.072
15- Yonny Hernandez – Avintia Blusens – BQR MotoGP – + 3.634
16- James Ellison – Paul Bird Motorsport – ART GP12 – + 4.177
17- Colin Edwards – NGM Mobile Forward Racing – Suter BMW – + 4.179
18- Danilo Petrucci – CAME Iodaracing Project – Ioda TR003 – + 4.498
19- Ivan Silva – Avintia Blusens – BQR MotoGP – + 5.033