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Saturday practice - San Marino MotoGP, Misano

Full Saturday free practice times from the San Marino MotoGP at Misano, round 13 of 18.
Another cold and damp session.

Wet tyres were used for most of the session - Alvaro Bautista, Valentino Rossi, Danilo Petrucci and Michele Pirro fitting slicks at the very end.

Only 13 riders had recorded a lap time on Friday, due to the conditions.

Injured reigning MotoGP champion Casey Stoner is being replaced by World Superbike star Jonathan Rea, who is making his grand prix debut this weekend.

Nicky Hayden and Hector Barbera are returning from injury, while David Salom has replaced Ivan Silva for the rest of the season at Avintia.

The Ioda team is switching to a BMW-Suter machine from this weekend.

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1. Alvaro Bautista ESP San Carlo Honda Gresini (RC213V) 1m 42.393s
2. Valentino Rossi ITA Ducati Team (GP12) 1m 43.452s
3. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 1m 45.422s
4. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 46.120s
5. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 46.728s
6. Danilo Petrucci ITA Came IodaRacing (Suter-BMW CRT) 1m 46.790s
7. Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V) 1m 46.840s
8. Michele Pirro ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini (FTR-Honda CRT) 1m 46.847s
9. Aleix Espargaro ESP Power Electronics Aspar (ART CRT) 1m 46.970s
10. Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Team (GP12) 1m 47.130s
11. Cal Crutchlow GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 47.340s
12. Ben Spies USA Yamaha Factory Racing (YZR-M1) 1m 47.570s
13. Yonny Hernandez COL Avintia Blusens (FTR-Kawasaki CRT) 1m 48.139s
14. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (GP12) 1m 48.551s
15. Jonathan Rea GBR Repsol Honda (RC213V) 1m 48.591s
16. Colin Edwards USA NGM Forward Racing (Suter-BMW CRT) 1m 48.962s
17. Mattia Pasini ITA Speed Master (ART CRT) 1m 49.072s
18. David Salom ESP Avintia Blusens (FTR-Kawasaki CRT) 1m 49.964s
19. Hector Barbera ESP Pramac Racing (GP12) 1m 53.035s
20. Randy De Puniet FRA Power Electronics Aspar (ART CRT) 1m 53.614s
James Ellison GBR Paul Bird Motorsport (ART CRT) No Time


Friday practice:
Karel Abraham CZE Ducati 1m 42.030s (FP2)

Official Misano MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Casey Stoner AUS Honda 1m 33.138s (2011)
Fastest race lap:
Jorge Lorenzo ESP Yamaha 1m 33.906s (2011)



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not easy - Unregistered

September 15, 2012 10:18 AM

What a nightmare for Rea, exactly the sort of conditions that require a massive degree of familiarity and confidence with a bike and he's dumped out there on something that he's ridden for a couple of days. On top of that, the knockers are just sitting poised at their little keyboards waiting for him to hit the deck so the mud-slinging can begin irrespective of the justification for it. Tell you what, he's getting a test of character if not out and out riding ability!



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