Jorge Lorenzo from Yamaha Factory racing on his 1000 cc Yamaha M1 bike won the pole position by leading the Qualifying practice at Qatar 2012 Moto GP 2012.His fastest lap was 1’54.634 and had achieved a top speed of 327.1 km/hr.In the second place was defending champion Casey Stoner from Respol Honda on Honda RC213V with a lap time of 1’54.855 falling behind Lorenzo by 0.221 seconds.asey had a top speed of 331.9 kms.Behind casey was Cal Crutch low from monster Yamaha Tech 3 racing falling behind Lorenzo by 0.388 seconds and behind Casey by 0.167 seconds.Cal Crutchlow had a top speed of 328 km/hr.
In fourth Place was Ben spies Yamaha Factory racing who was unimpressive in the free practice sessions had proved his worth by coming in fourth place.His fastest lap time was 1’55.512 falling behind the fastest man by 0.878 seconds.In fifth place was Nicky Hayden racing on the Desmosedici GP 12 he and Lorenzo had a time difference of 1.003 seconds and had a top speed of 334.2 km/hr.Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Andrea Dovizioso finished in sixth place with falling behing Lorenzo by 1.224 seconds.
Valentino Rossi had top speed with his bike reaching 338 km/hr.The slowest factory/satellite bike in terms of top speed was Ben spies with 3226.1 kms.It seems Ben spies likes the spot he was the slowest in top speed of Factory/Satellite bikes in all three free practice sessions in Qatar Grand prix 2012.
The CRT bikes had to settle for the 13 th position as their highest Colin Edwards on his Suter BMW was in the thirteenth place and highest for a CRT.Edwards was also the fastest CRT on the track with 314.8 kms.
Ioda Racing bike was again the last continuing the last position in terms of top speed.The bike had achieved a top speed of 296.8 km/hr.However Ioda Racing rider Danilo Petrucci finished in 19 th position in the standings.
It is already clear that the Yamaha M1 is peroformance oriented than top speed from the three free practice sessions.With their four riders 2 factory + 2 Satellite being in the top six.It shows that the Yamaha will be having a good Moto GP season in 2012.
While the Honda RC213V was a blend of performance and top speed its chances of winning depend solely on Casey Stoner as Dani pedrosa finished in seventh position and Stefan Bradl of LCR honda was in ninth position and Alvaro Bautitsta in 11 th position.
For Ducati one thing that can keep them happy is the fact that Nicky Hayden was in the 5 th position other than that there are no good moments for them.Valentino Rossi finishing in 12 th place was a bad signal for Ducati.Looks like the Desmosedici GP 12 is more top speed oriented rather than performance.
1. ComercialBank Qatar Grand prix 2012 Moto GP Free Practice session 1,2 &3 Results & Analysis