Sabtu, 28 Juli 2012

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa continues to set the MotoGP pace at Laguna Seca, continuing his form from the first free practice into the second and heading Jorge Lorenzo by three-tenths of a second, edging closer to Casey Stoner's circuit best set in 2008. But both Valentino Rossi and Cal Crutchlow crashed in the session, with the former's necessiting a red-flag as his GP12 popped some of the air fencing when it came to an abrupt halt. The Doctor hit a dusty patch of tarmac on the entry to turn three while Monster Yamaha's Crutchlow took some skin off his backside when he crashed at the 90mph turn ten. Pedrosa's fastest lap was a 1'21.088, which is inside the race lap record but just behind the 1'20.700 owned by Stoner. Lorenzo was on a 1'21.422 which was just enough to keep Aussie Stoner behind him by three one-thousandths.
Stoner is using just the new RC213V engine while his team-mate has also brought the tested-at-Mugello chassis and it is giving him an edge through the final sector from the Corkscrew to the finish line, where he is markedly faster than the pack. Soon-to-be-a-not factory Yamaha man Ben Spies was fourth quickest and six-tenths off the pace, heading both Andrea Dovizoso and Crutchlow on the Tech3 bikes. Despite his off, the British rider just over 1.1s slower than Pedrosa and two-tenths up on his team-mate elect for next year, Nicky Hayden. Stefan Bradl, making his debut at the track, pipped Rossi to eighth place while Alvaro Bautista, also a crasher at turn three, rounds out the top ten. Aleix Espargaro is the top CRT man in 11th and heads his Aspar team-mate Randy De Puniet, both are 2.7s off the pace. olin Edwards is 13th but didn't top his time from session one until late on while James Ellison slipped to 19th place. American Steve Rapp will more than likely get it in the neck from Stoner as the reigning champion was forced off track when he came up behind the American into turn four very fast and took to the kitty litter.

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