Rossi leads wet opening practice

Rossi leads wet opening practice
By AutoSport

15/06/2012 at 23:09

Valentino Rossi led a Ducati one-two in a wet opening MotoGP practice session for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

The Ducati rider had led the field during the first half of the session as the weather conditions restricted riders from dipping below the 2m23s bracket.

But as the light rain eased and eventually stopped in the final 10 minutes, times improved by around four seconds.

That allowed Rossi to knock his team-mate Nicky Hayden off the top spot by 0.077 seconds with a time of 2m19.328s.

Andrea Dovizioso was another to set a late flyer, the Tech 3 Yamaha rider snatching third after the chequered flag and knocking the Honda of world champion Casey Stoner back to fourth.

Dovizioso's British team-mate Cal Crutchlow briefly held the top spot with eight minutes remaining, but fell back to fifth at the end.

He was followed by Stefan Bradl's LCR Honda, Dani Pedrosa's factory example and the Yamaha of world championship leader Jorge Lorenzo.

Gresini Honda rider Alvaro Bautista was ninth, despite crashing at Stowe with nine minutes remaining - just a minute after Ben Spies high-sided his Yamaha at the same place.

Hector Barbera completed the top 10 on his Pramac Ducati with Randy de Puniet the best of the CRT riders in 12th on his Aspar Aprilia.

Only 11 MotoGP prototypes are in the field, as Cardion Ducati's Karel Abraham has been forced to sit out the event due to a hand injury from testing.

Opening practice standings:

1. Valentino Rossi

2. Nicky Hayden

3. Andrea Dovizioso

4. Casey Stoner

5. Cal Crutchlow

6. Stefan Bradl

7. Dani Pedrosa

8. Jorge Lorenzo

9. Alvaro Bautista

10. Hector Barbera

11. Ben Spies

12. Randy De Puniet

13. Mattia Pasini

14. Danilo Petrucci

15. Michele Pirro

16. Aleix Espargaro

17. James Ellison

18. Yonny Hernandez

19. Ivan Silva

20. Colin Edwards