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Quiet first practice at Misano

Danilo Petrucci fastest during Friday practice (1) for the San Marino MotoGP at Misano.
MotoGP title contenders Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa were among twelve riders to sit out this morning's opening practice session for the San Marino MotoGP.

Only nine riders posted a lap time due to cold and damp conditions at the Misano circuit, the best of which - a 1m 43.178s by Danilo Petrucci, set on soft slicks in the closing minutes - was ten seconds from dry lap record pace.

Petrucci and his Ioda team are making their debut with a Suter-BMW this weekend.

Behind Petrucci were fellow CRT riders Michele Pirro (Gresini), James Ellison (PBM) and David Salom, who is making his MotoGP debut with the Avintia team this weekend.

The only manufacturer riders to record a lap, early in the session, were Americans Ben Spies (Yamaha) and Nicky Hayden (Ducati). Hayden is making his comeback from injury.

Second practice will take place this afternoon.

Friday practice (1):

1. Danilo Petrucci
2. Michele Pirro
3. James Ellison
4. David Salom
5. Ben Spies
6. Nicky Hayden
7. Yonny Hernandez
8. Mattia Pasini
9. Colin Edwards

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September 14, 2012 10:53 AM

You need to think about why riders chose to stay in their motorhomes before commenting. Look at the forecast for the area. Today rain most of the day, heavy at times. Tomorrow possibility of showers first thing. Sunday dry and mostly sunny. So what is to be gained by going out today? There's certainly nothing to be gained in terms of setup if qualifying and the race are going to be dry. Most of the riders know the circuit inside out, so they're not going to learn anything new. So what's left? Hayden, for example, probably went out just to test his hand. Maybe others were trying new parts, wanted to check out the circuit or just try a new part or something. Certainly there was little sign that anybody was really giving it beans. If there was a good chance of the rest of the weekend being wet I'm sure there would have been more riders out there. As it stands however there's little to gain and lots to lose by going out and pushing it in the wet.

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