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IRTA Test Jerez, Day 1 Results: Solid start despite crash

SV March 23, 2012 News No Comments

The excitement is building ahead of the new season with all MotoGP riders being on track together for the first time at the Jerez circuit today. The final official IRTA test of the preseason saw a familiar name on the top of the time sheets after the first day, but unlike at the previous tests in Malaysia Casey Stoner took a bit longer to get up to speed, but he was right back where he left off in the final hour of the day.

Álvaro finished the first real shakedown in 7th position after walking away unhurt from a small crash early in the day. He was riding around fifth to seventh position all day and ended the first session less than 0.1 seconds behind Nicky Hayden in 6th, but had a gap of almost 1.4 seconds to Casey Stoner, so there’s still lots to do for him to catch up with his new bike and team. But from a first glance he looks well capable to close the gap a bit more and stick around fifth position comfortably. The factory Honda and Yamaha machines however still seem to be one step ahead of the rest, as they were last year.

Pos Rider Team Fastest lap Lead. Gap Laps
1 Casey STONER Repsol Honda Team 1:39.146 – 54
2 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha Factory Racing 1:39.419 +0.273 76
3 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team 1:39.579 +0.433 60
4 Ben SPIES Yamaha Factory Racing 1:39.984 +0.838 71
5 Cal CRUTCHLOW Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:40.130 +0.984 74
6 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati Team 1:40.512 +1.366 77
7 Alvaro BAUTISTA San Carlo Honda Gresini 1:40.545 +1.399 56
8 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1:40.665 +1.519 46
9 Valentino ROSSI Ducati Team 1:40.920 +1.774 64
10 Stefan BRADL LCR Honda 1:40.983 +1.837 64
11 Randy DE PUNIET Power Electronics Aspar 1:41.015 +1.869 39
12 Hector BARBERA Pramac Racing Team 1:41.388 +2.242 72
13 Karel ABRAHAM Cardion AB Motoracing 1:41.603 +2.457 71
14 Aleix ESPARGARO Power Electronics Aspar 1:42.293 +3.147 59
15 Franco BATTAINI Ducati Team 1:42.403 +3.257 72
16 Colin EDWARDS NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1:42.462 +3.316 56
17 Michele PIRRO San Carlo Honda Gresini 1:42.655 +3.509 49
18 Danilo PETRUCCI Came Iodaracing Project 1:42.750 +3.604 39
19 Mattia PASINI Speed Master 1:43.006 +3.860 59
20 Yonny HERNANDEZ Avintia Racing MotoGP 1:43.437 +4.291 49
21 James ELLISON Paul Bird Motorsport 1:43.477 +4.331 61
22 Ivan SILVA Avintia Racing MotoGP 1:44.025 +4.879 60

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