De Puniet Flies CRT Flag On Friday At Valencia

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
Pos Rider Bike Team Time/Session
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