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US MotoGP, Laguna Seca - Qualifying

28 July 2012

Ben Spies suffered a big accident with twelve minutes to go and was clearly shaken, but was able to return to the track in the closing minutes.

Cardion AB Ducati's Karel Abraham is returning to action this weekend, while Pramac Ducati's Hector Barbera has been ruled out by a broken leg in a training accident.

Barbera has been replaced by former MotoGP race winner Toni Elias, who split from the Aspar Moto2 team after Mugello.

The US GP also sees AMA rider Steve Rapp become the first wild-card entry of the season and first ever for the new CRT class.

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa has one of the new RC213Vs available for Laguna Seca, while team-mate Casey Stoner has the new engine in the present chassis, as he had requested. Ducati are expected to debut 'some' new parts.

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1. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 1m 20.554s
2. Casey Stoner AUS Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 20.628s
3. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 20.906s
4. Ben Spies USA Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 1m 21.094s
5. Cal Crutchlow GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 21.268s
6. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 21.539s
7. Alvaro Bautista ESP San Carlo Honda Gresini (RC213V) 1m 21.732s
8. Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Team (GP12) 1m 21.734s
9. Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V) 1m 21.753s
10. Valentino Rossi ITA Ducati Team (GP12) 1m 22.544s
11. Randy De Puniet FRA Power Electronics Aspar (ART CRT) 1m 22.886s
12. Aleix Espargaro ESP Power Electronics Aspar (ART CRT) 1m 23.075s
13. Colin Edwards USA NGM Forward Racing (Suter-BMW CRT) 1m 23.699s
14. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (GP12) 1m 23.704s
15. Yonny Hernandez COL Avintia Blusens (FTR-Kawasaki CRT) 1m 23.769s
16. Michele Pirro ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini (FTR-Honda CRT) 1m 23.877s
17. Toni Elias ESP Pramac Racing (GP12) 1m 23.898s
18. Mattia Pasini ITA Speed Master (ART CRT) 1m 24.017s
19. Danilo Petrucci ITA Came IodaRacing (Ioda-Aprilia CRT) 1m 24.227s
20. Ivan Silva ESP Avintia Blusens (FTR-Kawasaki CRT) 1m 24.560s
21. James Ellison GBR Paul Bird Motorsport (ART CRT) 1m 24.715s
22. Steve Rapp USA Attack Performance (APR-Kawasaki CRT) 1m 26.887s*

* Outside 107% time (1m 26.192s).

Fastest practice time:
Dani Pedrosa ESP Honda 1m 21.088s (FP2)

Official Laguna Seca MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Casey Stoner AUS Ducati 1m 20.700s (2008)
Fastest race lap:
Casey Stoner AUS Ducati 1m 21.376s (2010)


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