2012 Sachsenring MotoGP FP3 Result: Pirro And Pasini Lead Wasted Session

Weather conditions at the Sachsenring on Saturday morning are the worst of all possible worlds: just enough rain to make the track damp but not properly wet. The track was not dry enough for slicks, but not wet enough to keep the temperatures down in rain tires, meaning that riders choosing to go out risked destroying a set of wet tires just to get some track time. Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner and Cal Crutchlow all chose not to go out at all, Lorenzo to save the miles on his engine and spare his sprained ankle, Stoner to save his knee and shoulder, suffered in the crash during practice at Assen, and Crutchlow to avoid further damage to the ankle he injured at Silverstone.

At the end of the session, with the track drying out a little, Michele Pirro and Mattia Pasini put in a fast lap to take the top two positions, putting a CRT machine on top of the timesheet for the first time. Pirro, on the Gresini FTR Honda, nearly a second quicker than Pasini on the Speed Master Aprilia ART, the latter now recovered from his pit lane crash, when he hit a mechanic who crossed pit lane without looking. Nicky Hayden took 3rd spot, and had been fastest for a large part of the session, the Ducati man ending ahead of Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Andrea Dovizioso and Pramac's Hector Barbera.

The weather is forecast to be better this afternoon, with hope for a dry qualifying session.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 51 Michele PIRRO FTR 1'30.692    
2 54 Mattia PASINI ART 1'31.659 0.967 0.967
3 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'33.132 2.440 1.473
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO YAMAHA 1'33.301 2.609 0.169
5 8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'33.302 2.610 0.001
6 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'33.597 2.905 0.295
7 2 Franco BATTAINI DUCATI 1'33.607 2.915 0.010
8 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 1'33.658 2.966 0.051
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA HONDA 1'34.693 4.001 1.035
10 22 Ivan SILVA BQR 1'34.761 4.069 0.068
11 77 James ELLISON ART 1'35.006 4.314 0.245
12 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'35.271 4.579 0.265
13 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ BQR 1'35.847 5.155 0.576
14 9 Danilo PETRUCCI IODA 1'36.436 5.744 0.589
15 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 1'36.970 6.278 0.534
Not qualified (Out 107%) 1'37.040
  5 Colin EDWARDS SUTER 1'41.025 10.333 4.055
  6 Stefan BRADL HONDA 1'41.146 10.454 0.121
  41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 1'42.117 11.425 0.971
Not Classified
  1 Casey STONER HONDA      
  99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA      


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at least on Lorenzo, and saving him valuable time on even an old motor that he can bank for later races. However, that in itself is good for the series, as it would be unfair to Lorenzo to suffer from his target status for Bautista, and reduces any apparent advantage to Stoner, thus hopefully returning a bit of balance to acceptance of whoever wins the WC this year having done it fair and square.

Roll on QP.