Pedrosa fastest in eventful first free practice at the Sachsenring

Friday, 6 July 2012

Under glorious sunshine and humid conditions at the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland at the Sachsenring, Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa set the pace ahead of Casey Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo.

Pedrosa’s time of 1.22’357 was just enough to oust teammate Stoner into second, after the Australian had been top of the timesheet for the majority of the session. Both Repsol Hondas looked comfortable out on track, yet will face a stiff challenge from Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo, who was under three tenths off the top, despite nursing a very sore right ankle.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso continued his good run of form as he finished fourth, in front of his teammate Cal Crutchlow, who is also still suffering from a fractured left ankle. Pramac Racing Team’s Héctor Barberá finished as top Ducati just over one hundredth off Crutchlow, followed very closely by Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden.

San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista set the eighth quickest time of the day, with LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl only managing ninth in front of his home crowd. Tenth place went to Lorenzo’s teammate Ben Spies, with Ducati’s Valentino Rossi in 11th. Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy de Puniet set the CRT pace in 12th.

Speed Master’s Mattia Pasini suffered an unusual crash in pit lane, as he fell awkwardly on his head avoiding a mechanic in pit-lane. He was declared fit at the track, but headed to the local hospital in Chemnitz for further checks. The only other crash in the session was De Puniet’s teammate Aleix Espargaró in turn 10, while Bautista’s teammate Michele Pirro, and Cardion AB Racing’s replacement rider Franco Battaini, both narrowly avoided falls as they took fast excursions into the gravel trap.

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