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MotoGP Spain 2012: the rain spoils the first Jerez practice
MotoGP Spain 2012: the rain spoils the first Jerez practice

The first two free practice sessions on in Spanish Grand Prix of the MotoGP World Championship They have been contested in the rain with the exception of FP1 of Moto3. From there, the tap in the sky was opened and intermittently it has been soaking more or less the asphalt of the Jerez Circuit.

In these difficult conditions the fastest have been in Moto3 the Italian Roman Fenati (FP1) and Portuguese Miguel Oliveira (FP2). On MotoGP, with only eight pilots on the track, Ivan silva he was the fastest in FP1 and Dani pedrosa in FP2 while in Moto2 the French Johann zarco first and Mika Kallio later they were placed at the top of the table of times.

Moto3: a dry session and a wet session

Miguel Oliveira

The FP1 of the MotoGP World Championship in the Moto3 category showed the same riders in the times table who were protagonists in the previous race held on the occasion of the Qatar Grand Prix. Thus, Roman Fenati (Team Italia FMI) with a time of 1'49.760 was the fastest and led the Spanish Maverick Viñales (Blusens Avintia) and Sandro Cortese (Ajo Red Bull KTM) by just over two and four tenths respectively.

When there were eleven minutes to go to the conclusion of the session, Héctor Faubel, who was running sixth at the time, fell to the ground (it had just started to rain) and Race Direction had to show the red flag for a few minutes so that he could be attended to. After examining him at the Mobile Clinic, a severe bruise was detected on his knee, although he was able to leave in the afternoon session.

Precisely in this session, the FP2, already contested on wet ground, the Portuguese Miguel Oliveira (Estrella Galicia 0'0) set the best time with a record of 1'59.753. The second and third places were exchanged with respect to FP1 with Sandro Cortese (Ajo Red Bull KTM) and Maverick Viñales (Blusens Avintia), both less than three tenths.

Maverick Viñales

MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa the fastest, Valentino Rossi practices the rain dance

Valentino rossi

And it is that seeing the position of Valentino Rossi with the Ducati in FP2 (second) and taking into account that he was at the top of the times table for much of it, it is clear that he wants it to rain more than a farmer with rice plantations in Almería. As Dennis Noyes said during the broadcast, if it rains in Jerez and Portugal and the new engine arrives in France, you will have hit the jackpot.

But let's talk about the sessions. In the FP1 The riders in the MotoGP category were not taken out of the box or with hot water. Only the CRT and the big men Stefan Bradl and Álvaro Bautista dared to go out on track. And under these conditions, the fastest has been Ivan silva (Avintia Blusens), who also took the opportunity to test the new chassis that was released. His best time 1'48.674, five and six seconds faster than that of Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) and Randy de Puniet (Power Electronics Aspar), the only other two riders who have managed to do a time below 107%.

Already in the afternoon, in the FP2They all took to the track and the fastest were the ones we are used to. Well, not all of them because Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team) stuck his head out there in the middle of training after the fastest was Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing) for a few minutes. The track got a bit dry, although in those conditions, neither the asphalt was suitable for wet or dry tires, so the times did not improve. Single Dani pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) at the last minute managed to lower the Italian's time, leaving the best time at 1'50.780.

Jorge Lorenzo would finally be third and Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda Team) fourth to 1.3 of his teammate. As a curious note, the CRTs of Randy de Puniet (Power Electronics Aspar) and Mattia Pasini (Speed ​​Master) finished ahead of Karel Abraham (Cardion ab) and Héctor Barberá (Pramac Racing).

Moto2: Johann Zarco and Mika Kallio the fastest

Johann zarco

Be very careful with the newcomer to the category and 125cc runner-up, the French Johann zarco (JIR Moto2) because he finished at the top in both practice sessions. I am not surprised since last year he had very good races in the wet and even training with the Moto2 in preseason so we will have to be careful. In the FP1 for example, he was consecutively dropping the times until he set the record at 1'55.382, eight tenths faster than Andrea Iannone (Speed ​​Master) and nine tenths faster than Xavier Simeon (Tech3 Racing).

In the FP2 There was a lot of uncertainty because the asphalt was drying but not enough to then get wet again in some areas, so many drivers picked up early and thus literally save the furniture. When everything seemed to indicate that he would take the best time Ricard Cardús (Arguiñano Racing Team) appeared Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team) to snatch the best time (1'55.675) and later he would do the same with the second position Johann Zarco, almost five tenths behind the Swiss.

Mika Kallio

Note: Some photos are from the Qatar race. Photos from today's training sessions are not yet available.

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