2010 Sachsenring MotoGP Qualifying Practice Result - Drama-Packed QP Produces Tight Front Row

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.

Results: 

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'21.817    
2 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'21.841 0.024 0.024
3 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'21.948 0.131 0.107
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'22.263 0.446 0.315
5 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'22.395 0.578 0.132
6 40 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'22.454 0.637 0.059
7 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'22.610 0.793 0.156
8 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 1'22.624 0.807 0.014
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO DUCATI 1'22.910 1.093 0.286
10 33 Marco MELANDRI HONDA 1'22.917 1.100 0.007
11 36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 1'22.961 1.144 0.044
12 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'23.026 1.209 0.065
13 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'23.028 1.211 0.002
14 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'23.040 1.223 0.012
15 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'23.090 1.273 0.050
16 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 1'23.193 1.376 0.103
17 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 1'23.515 1.698 0.322
Round Number: 
8
2010
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Comments

I wonder if Jorge's engine that went up in flames was a older one or a newer one with less hours on it.

According to the broadcast the engine had 2500km on it. Reportedly Yamaha will take the engines out of service now at 2400km.  :)

was Lorenzo thinking when he kept the flaming bike on the racing line all the way? Somebody slap him on the wrist please. A grid penalty would be fine too.

If you watch the video, he is going pretty fast when he realizes what's actually happening. To get that thing stopped without wiping out can't be too easy.
I think it showed class to go check on DePuniet too.

...that he did not realise what he was doing. I hope so at least. About not pulling off sooner.

When asked by an italian reporter Porta he said it had 1500Km on... so it was an old one.

RdP was very fun to watch and unlucky at the same time. On the italian TV they showed him in the Clinica Mobile, comforted by his "playboy-girl". Funny to see a bunny-dressed-someone along with x-rays machines.

I don't know why Pedrosa bothers to qualify in any special position in the first ten ... he will be ahead of every one at turn one anyway :)

You can't blame Lorenzo. He would've had no idea that his 'electrical fault' to coin an eighties term was so severe. And as could be seen from the rider lines thereafter he was inside the normal line. Spies and RdP simply got unlucky and caught the initial bang oil spew when they hit the anchors. The way oil gushed that looked like a whole lot of legs out of bed!

Our three fit Aliens all looked very good today. Stringing consistent fast laps together. As always lets hope that they put on a show tomorrow. I don't care who does it but Lorenzo really needs to get beaten.

What's going on with the Ducati's new aerofoils? Looks a little like an early generation Britten experiment. Any goss David?

Those 'foils on Stoner's Duc look way too small to have any seriously useful effect of downforce per se, but from where they are placed I'd venture a guess that they're more to do with re-energising the airflow through the cooling exit ducts for improved cooling. However, getting better extraction of exhaust air could also lower the pressure on the front of the fairing with some beneficial effect. 'Wheelie control' seems to be just way too cute an explanation, IMO.

Why is he sliding backward? Ducati looked real strong in FP1; Nicky was next to Casey, but he has been going backwards. QP = 15!? Please help me understand what is happening.