Results and summary of qualifying practice at Laguna Seca:
Jorge Lorenzo has continued his dominance of MotoGP qualifying, taking his 5th pole in a row at Laguna Seca. The Fiat Yamaha rider fought a session-long battle with Marlboro Ducati's Casey Stoner for pole position, the two men swapping places throughout the session. In the end, though, Lorenzo put in a blistering lap inside of 1'20 with seconds left in the session to take a convincing pole. Stoner was left to settle for 2nd on the grid, after struggling early in the session with setup, but still within two tenths of Lorenzo's time.
Andrea Dovizioso won the battle of the Repsol Hondas, beating his teammate Dani Pedrosa by four hundredths of a second and taking 3rd, and more importantly, his first front row start in MotoGP - a curious record given that Dovizioso already has a victory in MotoGP. Ben Spies continues his run of 5th places and will start from the middle of the second row, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider just a couple of hundredths behind Pedrosa. Valentino Rossi is suffering more at Laguna Seca than at the Sachsenring, the physical effort required to flick the bike left and right at the Corkscrew taxing the Fiat Yamaha rider more than expected and causing pain in both his healing leg and shoulder.
Nicky Hayden heads up the 3rd row, the Marlboro Ducati rider a couple of tenths behind Rossi, and nearly three tenths ahead of the second Monster Tech 3 Yamaha man Colin Edwards. Marco Simoncelli is the first of the Laguna Seca debutants, the San Carlo Gresini Honda man setting the 9th fastest time during qualifying, while Pagina Amarillas Ducati rider Hector Barbera rounds out the top ten.
|16||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||HONDA||1'23.226||2.248||0.099|
|17||95||Roger Lee HAYDEN||HONDA||1'23.764||2.786||0.538|