Sunday August 19, 2012
Pedrosa sets practice pace at Indianapolis GP
INDIANAPOLIS: Spain’s Dani Pedrosa posted the fastest practice lap on Friday at the Indianapolis MotoGP, riding his Honda over the 2.621-mile, 16-turn layout in 1:39.783.
Pedrosa, who won at Indy in 2010, enters the weekend 23 points behind season pace-setter Jorge Lorenzo, also from Spain, and nine points ahead of Australian Casey Stoner, a fellow Honda rider, in the overall points chase.
American Ben Spies, the 2010 Indy pole-winner and runner-up, was second in Friday’s practice session time chart on his Yamaha at 1:40.078 with Lorenzo third at 1:40.502 and Yamaha’s Andrea Dovizioso of Italy fourth at 1:40.560.
Defending champion Stoner was fifth on 1:40.623 with Britain’s Cal Crutchlow sixth on his Yamaha at 1:41.055.
Lorenzo halted his last top-pace lap in the final turn, leaving uncertain his true potential entering the qualifying for today’s race.
Spanish rider Hector Barbera crashed during a Moto GP practice on Friday and suffered a fractured vertebra.
The Pramac Racing Team Ducati rider was removed from the track on a stretcher and taken to Methodist Hospital after the accident. The team said neurological scans were negative.
Barbera will be replaced by Toni Elias for today’s race. Elias was the 2010 Indianapolis Moto2 winner.
Barbera was trying to return after breaking both bones in his lower left leg in a training accident on July 20. He missed the US Grand Prix on July 29 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. — Agencies
MotoGP: 1. Dani Pedrosa (Spa) Honda 1:39.783, 2. Ben Spies (US) Yamaha 0.295 seconds behind, 3. Jorge Lorenzo (Spa) Yamaha 0.719, 4. Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Yamaha 0.777, 5. Casey Stoner (Aus) Honda 0.840, 6. Cal Crutchlow (Bri) Yamaha 1.248, 7. Alvaro Bautista (Spa) Honda 1.289, 8. Stefan Bradl (Ger) Honda 1.472, 9. Nicky Hayden (US) Ducati 1.614, 10. Valentino Rossi (Ita) Ducati 1.746