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Friday practice (2) - Portuguese MotoGP, Estoril

Full Friday free practice times (2) from the Portuguese MotoGP at Estoril, round 3 of 18.
Dry session.

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1. Casey Stoner AUS Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 38.396s
2. Ben Spies USA Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 1m 38.717s
3. Cal Crutchlow GBR Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1) 1m 38.742s
4. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 38.797s
5. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 1m 38.930s
6. Alvaro Bautista ESP San Carlo Honda Gresini (RC213V) 1m 38.959s
7. Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Team (GP12) 1m 39.029s
8. Hector Barbera ESP Pramac Racing (GP12) 1m 39.193s
9. Valentino Rossi ITA Ducati Team (GP12) 1m 39.357s
10. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1) 1m 39.615s
11. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (GP12) 1m 40.207s
12. Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V) 1m 40.898s
13. Randy De Puniet FRA Power Electronics Aspar (ART CRT) 1m 41.088s
14. Aleix Espargaro ESP Power Electronics Aspar (ART CRT) 1m 41.634s
15. Yonny Hernandez COL Avintia Blusens (FTR-Kawasaki CRT) 1m 41.638s
16. Mattia Pasini ITA Speed Master (ART CRT) 1m 41.973s
17. Michele Pirro ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini (FTR-Honda CRT) 1m 42.252s
18. Colin Edwards USA NGM Forward Racing (Suter-BMW CRT) 1m 42.587s
19. Ivan Silva ESP Avintia Blusens (FTR-Kawasaki CRT) 1m 42.804s
20. Danilo Petrucci ITA Came IodaRacing (Ioda-Aprilia CRT) 1m 42.984s
21. James Ellison GBR Paul Bird Motorsport (ART CRT) 1m 43.665s

Fastest FP1 time:
Ben Spies USA Yamaha 1m 40.813s

Official Estoril MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Jorge Lorenzo ESP Yamaha 1m 35.715s (2008)
Fastest race lap:
Dani Pedrosa ESP Honda 1m 36.937s (2009)



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e - Unregistered

May 04, 2012 3:19 PM

Cal is the real deal on the 1000cc. I know not yet 3 races but he is really suiting the top class now. Not Bradley bashing, but even last year I didnt think he had proven he had earned a motogp seat. Think contract was given too early, for PR reasons maybe. Now it looks like Dovi will have to be unseated to make way for Smith. Its hard to see how tech3 can justify getting rid of a 125 world champ, twice 250 runner up and last years 3rd place motogp rider to a rider who has yet to win a mid category race and is currently looking like a top ten moto2 rider. This is not an attack on Smith more a defence of Dovi, as he is a quiet but very consistent top rider who doesnt deserve relegation to CRT or a satelite ducati. Shame for him to only have one season on the M1 before having to move on again, it wont do his career any good. Cal could move to yamaha garage, but Spies is too class a rider to lose just because of first 2 poor races.

das boot

May 04, 2012 3:26 PM

@e Unless Bradley Smith starts hitting the podium regularly and has a few wins this year, I personally don't see him fit for GP and on such a nice ride as the satellite Yamaha. I felt they made to many promises to him early on, and promises should go both ways, it's time Smith started living up to his promises to be a more successful rider. Dovi certainly would be my choice over an untested mid pack rider from Moto2. I'm being harsh, but this is racing. In regards to Cal, naturally it's too early to call things, but he's got great confidence and is well settled with the 1000cc Yam this year. He was a little squirrely in the first few laps of Jerez but settled down. He was smart enough not to take a dangerous lunge at Dani too. Looking to see what he can do the rest of year.



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