Pirro nicks top spot with CRT bike in unusual final practice

Saturday, 7 July 2012

In the dying seconds on a drying track at the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland at the Sachsenring, San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Michele Pirro was the first ever CRT rider to finish a session top ahead of Mattia Pasini and Nicky Hayden.

The MotoGP™ was once again unlucky with the weather this morning as they were greeted by rain on what had been a dry track. Less than a handful of riders headed out on the ever-wetter track, yet it took a good 20 minutes for the majority to exit pit-lane on what they perceived to be a fully wet track. However, as the rain stopped and dry patches appeared, most riders pulled back in to the pits, as not an awful lot could be learnt in those conditions.

Just as is seemed as if all had finished for the morning, CRT riders Pirro and Speed Master’s Mattia Pasini headed out for one more lap on an almost dry line to post the best time of the morning, and make history as the first CRT one-two at the top of a timesheet. Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden, who had led for a big part of the session, but sat out the final few minutes, finished in third, followed by Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso, Pramac Racing Team’s Héctor Barberá and Yamaha Factory Racing’s Ben Spies.

Repsol Honda Team’s Casey Stoner, Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo and Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow all opted not to go out in the morning practice, letting their teammates collect track information instead. Stoner’s teammate Pedrosa, who had been quickest in both the wet and dry yesterday was twelfth quickest, yet did not attempt any hot-laps. The session gave little indication as to actual form, however, most teams will have been preparing for a flag to flag race situation, which is when riders change bikes from dry-to-wet or wet-to-dry during a race.

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