Results and summary of Qualifying Practice from Silverstone:
Jorge Lorenzo will start from pole for the British MotoGP round at Silverstone tomorrow, after the Fiat Yamaha rider held off last-minute challenges to his position from the Hondas of Randy de Puniet and Dani Pedrosa.
De Puniet looked like the favorite to take pole at Silverstone, the LCR Honda rider impressing throughout the session. De Puniet was the first man into the 2'04s, then the first man into the 2'03s, and looked like cracking into the 2'02s. But on his final flying lap, over three tenths of a second up after the second section, the Frenchman pushed just a little too hard, and slid off unhurt in the new section after Abbey.
Like De Puniet, Dani Pedrosa looked capable of taking pole, but Pedrosa also crashed out on his final lap. But Pedrosa was not as lucky as De Puniet, for the Spaniard was hit by his Repsol Honda RC212V after sliding off, the rear tire catching after Pedrosa had lost the front, causing the bike to slap Pedrosa's right leg hard, leaving him to be stretchered off and taken to the Clinica Mobile for further examination.
Pedrosa's teammate Andrea Dovizioso heads up the second row, finishing in 4th ahead of a brace of Marlboro Ducatis. This time, it was Nicky Hayden who finished ahead of Casey Stoner, the two men just over a second behind Lorenzo.
Ben Spies showed no ill effects from his crash this morning, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider qualifying in 7th, ahead of the San Carlo Gresini Hondas of Marco Melandri and Marco Simoncelli. Spies' teammate Colin Edwards rounds out the top ten.
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