Jorge Lorenzo stays ahead in MotoGP practice at Mugello
|Friday, July 13th 2012, 13:05 GMT|
Jorge Lorenzo was quickest again in second practice for MotoGP's Italian Grand Prix at Mugello.
The world championship leader set a 1m48.076s early on, and that proved unbeatable. He lost some track time after running straight on at the first corner, San Donato, and eventually having to let his Yamaha tip over, but was soon back on the circuit doing consistent 1m48s lap.
Initially Lorenzo's pace put him 0.7 seconds clear of the field, but by the end Honda's Dani Pedrosa and Ducati's Nicky Hayden were within a tenth of him.
Casey Stoner was only sixth on the other works Honda, although his final run was a troubled one - with traffic on one flying lap and a minor error on the next.
Hector Barbera impressed on the Pramac Ducati with fourth position, achieved solo rather than in a group of riders. The Spaniard was riding his spare bike by that time following an accident at the Casanova/Savelli esses that ended with his Ducati landing on the circuit after tumbling down the edge of the track.
A five-minute stoppage was required to clear up debris. Barbera was quickly thrown clear and was unhurt.
Other incidents included Alvaro Bautista crashing his Gresini Honda at San Donato, where Randy de Puniet (Aspar Aprilia) also had a trip off the road, and Avintia rider Ivan Silva having a fall.
Between Barbera and Stoner, Andrea Dovizioso was top Tech 3 Yamaha rider in fifth.
Valentino Rossi was the slowest of the three Ducati riders in ninth.
Pos Rider Team/Bike Time Gap 1. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m48.076s 2. Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m48.107s + 0.031s 3. Nicky Hayden Ducati 1m48.157s + 0.081s 4. Hector Barbera Pramac Ducati 1m48.254s + 0.178s 5. Andrea Dovizioso Tech 3 Yamaha 1m48.308s + 0.232s 6. Casey Stoner Honda 1m48.527s + 0.451s 7. Ben Spies Yamaha 1m48.540s + 0.464s 8. Cal Crutchlow Tech 3 Yamaha 1m48.650s + 0.574s 9. Valentino Rossi Ducati 1m49.017s + 0.941s 10. Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 1m49.022s + 0.946s 11. Alvaro Bautista Gresini Honda 1m49.208s + 1.132s 12. Aleix Espargaro Aspar Aprilia 1m50.015s + 1.939s 13. Randy de Puniet Aspar Aprilia 1m50.269s + 2.193s 14. Michele Pirro Gresini FTR-Honda 1m51.130s + 3.054s 15. Yonny Hernandez Avinita BQR-Kawasaki 1m51.322s + 3.246s 16. Mattia Pasini Speed Master Aprilia 1m51.384s + 3.308s 17. Colin Edwards Forward Suter-BMW 1m51.857s + 3.781s 18. James Ellison Paul Bird Aprilia 1m51.966s + 3.890s 19. Danilo Petrucci Ioda-Aprilia 1m52.109s + 4.033s 20. Ivan Silva Avintia Inmotec-Kawasaki 1m52.558s + 4.482s