2012 Laguna Seca MotoGP FP2 Result: Pedrosa Takes Charge
Dani Pedrosa continued his reign of the MotoGP class at Laguna Seca this afternoon, adding the fastest time in FP2 to his quickest time in FP1 this morning. Where the Repsol Honda man only just held off Jorge Lorenzo in FP1, he stretched his advantage to a much more comfortable third of a second in the afternoon, getting under the race lap record and closing in on the pole record as well. Lorenzo took 2nd again, just as he did this morning, while Casey Stoner was also once again 3rd fastest, though the Australian closed the gap on Lorenzo significantly.
Ben Spies was 4th, and just as this morning the Factory Yamaha rider led a brace of Monster Tech 3 Yamahas, Andrea Dovizioso ahead of Cal Crutchlow. Crutchlow took a very nasty tumble towards the end of the session, destroying his Yamaha M1 and ripping his leathers, causing him to lose some skin on his upper right leg. After Valentino Rossi also crashed in the same place a few minutes later, the session had to be red flagged, Rossi's Ducati sliding into the air fence, causing it to deflate. Rossi walked away from that crash unhurt, though.
Nicky Hayden grabbed the 7th fastest time, the factory Ducati rider holding off LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl, with Valentino Rossi taking 9th spot, having closed the gap a little on Pedrosa, but significantly on Lorenzo and Stoner. Alvaro Bautista ended the session in 10th, having crashed in the same place as Crutchlow and Rossi earlier in the session. Aleix Espargaro took top CRT spot with the 11th fastest time, the two Aspar Aprilias now working correctly after being sidelined for a large part of the morning session with electronics problems.
|12||14||Randy DE PUNIET||ART||1'23.870||2.782||0.035|
|Not qualified (Out 107%) 1'26.764|