2009 Phillip Island MotoGP Qualifying Practice Result - Two Men Dominate The Field

Result of MotoGP qualifying at Phillip Island:

Casey Stoner will start from pole for Sunday's Australian Grand Prix, after dominating this afternoon's qualifying practice from the start. Stoner took the lead in the session just four and a half minutes in, and only relinquished it once, to Valentino Rossi in the last ten minutes. But Stoner took pole back with just a couple of minutes left, and succeeded in holding off the strong challenge from Rossi at the end. Dani Pedrosa finishes up the front row, but is nearly three quarters of a second off the polesitter's pace. Pedrosa did well to qualify where he did, after a big crash early in the session left him using his second bike for the remainder.

Pedrosa edged Jorge Lorenzo off the front row of the grid by the tiniest of margins, just 0.001 seconds, ending Lorenzo's remarkable record of not being off the front row of the grid this season. Lorenzo afterwards complained that he is still feeling weak after the stomach problems he suffered yesterday, but he starts the race with a serious deficit to his team mate and title challenger.

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'30.341    
2 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'30.391 0.050 0.050
3 3 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'31.070 0.729 0.679
4 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'31.071 0.730 0.001
5 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'31.096 0.755 0.025
6 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 1'31.260 0.919 0.164
7 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'31.325 0.984 0.065
8 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'31.380 1.039 0.055
9 36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 1'31.384 1.043 0.004
10 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'31.472 1.131 0.088
11 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 1'31.640 1.299 0.168
12 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 1'31.722 1.381 0.082
13 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'31.873 1.532 0.151
14 33 Marco MELANDRI KAWASAKI 1'32.190 1.849 0.317
15 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1'32.338 1.997 0.148
16 41 Gabor TALMACSI HONDA 1'32.752 2.411 0.414
  88 Niccolo CANEPA DUCATI      
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A shame Vermeulen couldn't qualify higher in his home GP in what *could be* his last MotoGP race. Capirossi was only two places (and 0.5s) higher, so it looks like the Suzukis are less competitive than usual on this track.

Alex Hoffman has said on the broadcasts in Germany that he was disappointed by Chris's decision to sign with Kawasaki in WSBK. His point seems to be that Vermeulen should have waited -- surely a slot would have been available for Chris in the new Moto2 class, and that this would probably have offered a better way to get back into MotoGP, as opposed to riding for vastly underperforming Kawasaki in WSBK.

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[A shame Vermeulen couldn't qualify higher in his home GP in what *could be* his last MotoGP race.]

His last MotoGP race in Australia is what I meant of course. Last MotoGP season works too I guess.

Total votes: 70

Suzuki have always gone horribly at Phillip Island, which must be tough on Vermeulen as he has no hope of being competitive no matter what he does. Suzuki even scheduled a special test session here during the winter to try and improve their weakness here, but it still hasn't fixed their problems with long, fast sweepers. 

Total votes: 57

Anyone else nervous about positions 5, 6, and 7?

Total votes: 64

Colin needs to keep one eye on his rear to keep torped'angelis off of him. With any luck Nicky's luck will improve enough to avoid another crash!

Total votes: 54

Well, if it wasn't for bad luck, he'd have no luck at all...

I guess Lorenzo should have rolled off a bit when he realised he was getting boxed in. Glad he's ok, a shame about the title chase though.

Total votes: 59