Results and summary of QP for the MotoGP class at the Sachsenring:
Jorge Lorenzo has taken pole for tomorrow's MotoGP race in Germany, after a dramatic session which saw the Fiat Yamaha rider's M1 machine go up in flames with 24 minutes to go, causing a nasty crash for LCR Honda's Randy de Puniet and Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Ben Spies, and causing the session to be red-flagged, then restarted later.
Dani Pedrosa had made the early running, leading for the first half of the session, and Lorenzo was just starting his run to catch the Repsol Honda man's time when his engine burst into flames down the front straight, spewing oil all over the track. Despite Lorenzo pulling off the track as soon as possible, it came too late for Spies and De Puniet, the Texan going down first, and the unlucky Frenchman sliding off and hitting Spies' Tech 3 Yamaha.
Once the session was restarted, Lorenzo stepped up his attack on Pedrosa's time, together with Marlboro Ducati rider Casey Stoner. Stoner was the first to get close to Pedrosa, getting within a couple of hundredths with ten minutes to go. But it was Lorenzo who finally took pole from Pedrosa, beating Pedrosa's time with four minutes left, then improving again a couple of laps later. As the final moments ticked away, Casey Stoner also edged ahead of Pedrosa, and looked capable of taking pole if he had not run into traffic, in the shape of Colin Edwards.
Andrea Dovizioso will head up the second row, the Italian three tenths off the pace of his Repsol Honda teammate, and just ahead of Valentino Rossi. Though 5th is not normally where Rossi would hope to start, it is a better result than could be expected on his return from such a serious leg injury. Besides Rossi starts Hector Barbera, the Paginas Amarillas rider putting in a very strong ride during QP at the Sachsenring. LCR Honda's Randy de Puniet's time was good enough to secure 7th on the grid, despite the Frenchman being carted off to the Clinica Mobile to have X-rays made of his painful ankle. The Frenchman sits ahead of San Carlo Gresini's Marco Simoncelli and Pramac Ducati's Aleix Espargaro.
|7||14||Randy DE PUNIET||HONDA||1'22.610||0.793||0.156|
|17||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||HONDA||1'23.515||1.698||0.322|