Randy de Puniet ensured a CRT motorcycle would end a day’s practice on top for the first time in MotoGP history after going quickest on a drying track at Valencia today. The Frenchman outpaced Michele Pirro and withstood a late challenge from the Ducatis to lead the session while the big hitters stayed safe in the garage.
Conditions were fully wet in the morning, persuading every rider to venture out and Nicky Hayden was a full second clear of the opposition on the factory GP12. Dani Pedrosa was second ahead of the man that pipped him to the world title, Jorge Lorenzo, with Andrea Dovizioso and Alvaro Bautista next up. Aleix Espargaro was sixth quickest, already serving a warning that the Aspar ART could be a threat here.
De Puniet would carry the momentum going in FP2 but Ivan Silva was the man to beat early on. The Spaniard was more active than any other rider and lowered the benchmark time to a 1:38.766. Once de Puniet was up to speed though, the Avintia Blusens rider was quickly overhauled with Randy going quicker on his sixth flying lap, ten fewer than Silva had completed to that point.
De Puniet would improve to a 1:36.965 before the chequered flag fell with Michele Pirro, winner in the Moto2 class here last year, second fastest. A trio of Ducatis followed with Karel Abraham splitting the factory riders Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi.
Danilo Petrucci picked up time at the end to push Ivan Silva out of the top six while Roberto Rolfo, James Ellison and the returning Hiroshi Aoyama completing a CRT-heavy top ten. Claudio Corti, making his debut on a third Avintia Blusens bike, was the only other rider within 107% of the ultimate pace and for everybody else, attention will already be on tomorrow and what is expected to be a dry qualifying session.
|2012 GP Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana: Combined Friday Practice Times|
|1||Randy de Puniet||ART||Power Electronics Aspar||1:36.965||FP2|
|2||Michele Pirro||FTR||San Carlo Honda Gresini||1:37.084||FP2|
|3||Nicky Hayden||Ducati||Ducati Team||1:37.389||FP2|
|4||Karel Abraham||Ducati||Cardion AB Motoracing||1:37.782||FP2|
|5||Valentino Rossi||Ducati||Ducati Team||1:38.115||FP2|
|6||Danilo Petrucci||Ioda-Suter||Came Ioda Racing Project||1:38.300||FP2|
|7||Ivan Silva||BQR||Avintia Blusens||1:38.304||FP2|
|8||Roberto Rolfo||ART||Speed Master||1:38.905||FP2|
|9||James Ellison||ART||Paul Bird Motorsports||1:39.837||FP2|
|10||Hiroshi Aoyama||BQR||Avintia Blusens||1:40.497||FP2|
|11||Claudio Corti (W)||Inmotec||Avintia Blusens||1:42.993||FP2|
|12||Cal Crutchlow||Yamaha||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||1:44.384||FP2|
|13||Alvaro Bautista||Honda||San Carlo Honda Gresini||1:44.564||FP2|
|14||Katsuyuki Nakasuga||Yamaha||Yamaha Factory Racing||1:45.180||FP2|
|15||Aleix Espargaro||ART||Power Electronics Aspar||1:45.426||FP2|
|16||Dani Pedrosa||Honda||Repsol Honda Team||1:45.490||FP1|
|17||Hector Barbera||Ducati||Pramac Racing Team||1:45.678||FP2|
|18||Jorge Lorenzo||Yamaha||Yamaha Factory Racing||1:45.945||FP1|
|19||Andrea Dovizioso||Yamaha||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||1:46.021||FP1|
|20||Casey Stoner||Honda||Repsol Honda Team||1:47.527||FP1|
|21||Stefan Bradl||Honda||LCR Honda||1:47.825||FP1|
|22||Colin Edwards||Suter||NGM Forward Racing||1:49.748||FP1|