2010 Motegi MotoGP Qualifying Practice Result - Tight Session Throws Up Pole Surprise

Results and summary of MotoGP qualifying at Motegi:

Andrea Dovizioso took his first ever MotoGP pole at Motegi, giving Honda and the factory Repsol team a much-needed boost after Dani Pedrosa's title chances ended on Friday when he fractured his collarbone. Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo seemed to be firmly in control of qualifying for much of the session, but Dovizioso started to show his colors at the halfway mark, then made a serious bid for pole with just over ten minutes to go, finally securing his maiden pole in the class with five minutes to go.

Dovizioso's pole was no sinecure, both Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner coming very close to snatching the top spot from the Italian. Rossi eventually put his Fiat Yamaha into 2nd, five hundredths behind Dovizioso, while Stoner finally got his Marlboro Ducati to work at Motegi, taking the final spot on the front row just a tenth slower than the Repsol Honda rider. Rossi secured his 2nd spot in the dying seconds of qualifying, bumping his teammate Jorge Lorenzo off the front row in the process, much to Rossi's pleasure and Lorenzo's disgust. The champion-elect's 4th place start will be the first time that Lorenzo has been off the front row of the grid all year, and he was clearly furious. After his first non-podium finish last-time out at Aragon, Lorenzo will be looking for more at Motegi, and hoping the new spec engine he is due to use in tomorrow's race will give him the power boost he needs.

Lorenzo heads up an all-Yamaha second row of the grid, with the Monster Tech 3 Yamahas of Colin Edwards and Ben Spies in 5th and 6th respectively. Spies is learning a brand new circuit for him once again, a process he has proven to be a master of in the past, and the Texan was quickly up to speed in Japan. Two more Hondas follow in 7th and 8th, LCR Honda's Randy de Puniet leading the San Carlo Gresini of Marco Simoncelli. The Rizla Suzuki riders helped to boost the factory's chances of deciding to stay in the series next season by taking the two final spots in the top 10, Alvaro Bautista finishing ahead of Loris Capirossi.

Results: 

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'47.001    
2 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'47.055 0.054 0.054
3 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'47.105 0.104 0.050
4 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'47.206 0.205 0.101
5 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'47.464 0.463 0.258
6 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'47.648 0.647 0.184
7 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'47.752 0.751 0.104
8 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 1'47.914 0.913 0.162
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 1'48.002 1.001 0.088
10 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'48.068 1.067 0.066
11 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'48.182 1.181 0.114
12 33 Marco MELANDRI HONDA 1'48.238 1.237 0.056
13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO DUCATI 1'48.371 1.370 0.133
14 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 1'48.396 1.395 0.025
15 40 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'48.535 1.534 0.139
16 36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 1'49.480 2.479 0.945
  26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA      
Round Number: 
14
2010
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Comments

Congrats to Dovi on his first motogp pole. Hope he get the win also as it is long time coming this season

jorge's reaction to the 4th at aragon and now getting bumped off the front row at motegi are showing chinks in the carefully manicured persona he created for himself starting in 2008.

which is good. i preferred the honest pissy scratchy jorge that won 2 back to back 250 championships and ruffled feathers along the way than the disingenuous 23 year old pretending to be 30 jorge of late.

my wife, who likes lorenzo and was first in my family to embrace him, explained it perfectly. she hi5'ed me when hayden beat him for 3rd at aragon and was glad to see rossi and stoner knock him off the front row at motegi precisely because it forces jorge to be himself and not that statue on the cover of his book...

I personally don't care how he acts off the track as long as he's not burning bridges and acting like a fool. That "disingenuous" of late Jorge is the one who is leading the points not for the 250 class but for the premier class of MotoGP. He'll have a chance to be himself if and when he's able to plant another flag in the ground if he's able to finish 1st in Japan.

Honestly if I see the handbags being any more obvious I'll scream. Espargo is the chief handbag, always looking to be carried around. Do it on your own.

Congrats to Dovi he's been overdue.