2010 Laguna Seca MotoGP Qualifying Practice Result: Two Men Contest Pole To Dying Seconds Of Session

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.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'20.978    
2 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'21.169 0.191 0.191
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'21.617 0.639 0.448
4 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'21.655 0.677 0.038
5 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'21.679 0.701 0.024
6 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'21.688 0.710 0.009
7 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'21.920 0.942 0.232
8 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'22.217 1.239 0.297
9 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 1'22.300 1.322 0.083
10 40 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'22.366 1.388 0.066
11 33 Marco MELANDRI HONDA 1'22.407 1.429 0.041
12 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'22.647 1.669 0.240
13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO DUCATI 1'22.712 1.734 0.065
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 1'22.770 1.792 0.058
15 36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 1'23.127 2.149 0.357
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
Round Number: 
9
2010
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Comments

That was a pretty impressive showing from JLo and Casey. I thought Casey might've actually unseated the qualifying king, but WHAT A LAP he pulled out at the end! I expected Dani to be a bit faster, too, but we'll see in the race... I don't know exactly what to expect from Rossi, but, to quote Nick Harris, I figure he'll "make a fist of it" come race time. Ben was really impressive, too. I couldn't see how low his front tire pressure was, but whatever he was doing, it seemed to be working rather well. Oh, well.

Now, let's see a ROCKIN' race tomorrow! I'll be watching it in HD!!! Living in America does have THAT advantage (for the Laguna race), but I fear that we'll be stuck listening to the AWESOMELY BRAINLESS prattling of Ralph Shaheen... Here's hoping we'll have someone else doing the commentary.

Dovi finally qualifies on the front row. This should make things interesting.

Until Dani smokes them all into turn one, making qualifying all but irrelevant. ;-)

Hope the race is at as close.It seems to be very much Spain's year in the sun.
I would not begrudge Jorge the win today,but I would really love to see Casey on the top step alongside Ben.

Always critical anywhere,but more particularly at Laguna.Not the easiest circuit to pass at and one of the easiest to hold a quicker rider back at...2008.
Vital for the riders on the first two rows to get away cleanly,otherwise the one who gets the hole shot could turn the race into a procession for the win.

He seemed to have a decent race pace and will surely find a little extra in warm-up. That said half a second is a big margin.

Man those Honda's have improved out of sight from the start of the year. Both Repsol's looked very (almost M1) composed. Unlike that hairy chested red beast Stoner rides. I reckon Casey's done a bit of Kangaroo wrangling in his time the way he grabs the Ducati by the scruff of the neck and dominates it.

...when nearly the whole field was within 1 second and we thought it was because the Sachsenring is short?

I can't believe how big the gaps are this week!

Does not bode well for entertainment value (although, I think I thought that in '08)... ;-)