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Full Saturday free practice times from the French MotoGP at Le Mans, round 4 of 18.

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May 19, 2012 10:16 AM

I watched the session live. Stoner's off was gentle. Pretty impressive laps after he jumped onto the other bike. Good to see Rossi pull his finger out a bit. Crutchlow continues to impress, Spies continues to disappoint.

disbelief - Unregistered

May 19, 2012 10:22 AM

I can't see Dovi going back to Honda, Bautista on a Factory spec bike is not showing he is worthy of Stoner's ride. Cal seems a real chance for the spot to me. Yamaha and Honda may find themselves fighting over a rider, but I suspect it won't be the one everyone is expecting if Cal keeps on going like this. I also suspect that the Honda's strengths will match Cal's.

Jon Don Letoy - Unregistered

May 19, 2012 10:24 AM

Honda & Yamaha dominated the top speed chart, seems like the new electronic already installed on the Ducati's.

Stoner, there's nothing to say about him. His is on his own League.


May 19, 2012 10:27 AM

@ disbelief

Just to mention that Bautista's Honda isn't factory spec (even though Sic's was last year). I think Gresini are running with different suspension to the works bikes too.


May 19, 2012 10:31 AM


I put it down to the tyres. I think they just don't suit Spies (i.e. he has been unable to adapt to the new tyres). I also think this has a bit to do with Rossi's sluggish start to the season relative to the other slow riders he was in front of last year.

To make this point about the tyres, Tech 3 told us earlyish last year after testing the tyres to be used in the 2012 season, that Crutchlow would be markedly better in 2012. So the 2012 tyres suited Crutchlow more than the 2011 tyres. Or to put in the other way 'round, Crutchlow failed to adapt well to the 2011 tyres. This year, on 2012 tyres, Spies has failed to adapt. I believe this also applies, to a lesser extent, to Rossi.

You have to hand it to Stoner, Lorenzo and Pedrosa (moreso Stoner and Lorenzo), they just adapt to whatever is handed to them and can pump out front-running pace. Very impressive.

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