2011 Jerez MotoGP Qualifying Practice Result: Incident-Strewn Session Sees Three Riders Close

Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class at Jerez:

Casey Stoner has taken his second pole of the season, setting the top time during qualifying at Jerez in the last 10 minutes of the session. Stoner finished ahead of his Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa, who just managed to nudge out the factory Yamaha of Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo's teammate Ben Spies heads up the second row of the grid, the Texan being nearly half a second slower than the Spaniard. Spies sits ahead of a pair of Hondas, Marco Simoncelli a quarter of a second faster than Andrea Dovizioso.

The session saw countless riders, conditions still clearly very tricky as far as grip is concerned. Valentino Rossi was the first rider to crash, losing the front at one of the left handers leading into the stadium section, and sliding relatively unharmed into the gravel. San Carlo Gresini's Hiroshi Aoyama was the next rider to go down, losing the front in a right hander, and getting his leg clipped by his back wheel as it tumbled towards the gravel. Karel Abraham rode a bucking Ducati into the gravel, while Randy de Puniet dropped his Pramac Ducati towards the end of the session.

In the final moments of the session, both Ben Spies and Casey Stoner also tasted the gravel at Turn 1. Spies had the front end fold on him, while Stoner pushed into Turn 1 too fast as he started his final lap of the session. Stoner found he could not scrub off enough speed to make the corner, pulling up on the brakes and riding through the gravel, toppling over at low speed as the bike approached the wall.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 27 Casey STONER HONDA 1'38.757    
2 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'38.915 0.158 0.158
3 1 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'38.918 0.161 0.003
4 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'39.390 0.633 0.472
5 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 1'39.486 0.729 0.096
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'39.709 0.952 0.223
7 14 Randy DE PUNIET DUCATI 1'39.892 1.135 0.183
8 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'39.895 1.138 0.003
9 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 1'40.019 1.262 0.124
10 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 1'40.168 1.411 0.149
11 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'40.175 1.418 0.007
12 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 1'40.185 1.428 0.010
13 8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'40.217 1.460 0.032
14 21 John HOPKINS SUZUKI 1'40.310 1.553 0.093
15 65 Loris CAPIROSSI DUCATI 1'40.523 1.766 0.213
16 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 1'40.601 1.844 0.078
17 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 1'41.114 2.357 0.513

 

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It's not that Stoner tasted any gravel per se, the bike touched the air fence just as it was coming to a full stop and then Stoner stepped off it as it lay down on to it's right side, he was on his feet the whole time!

Going to be an interesting race tomorrow for sure, Pedrosa looked pretty dejected again in the post quali interviews and was clearly favouring his left shoulder whereas both Lorenzo and Stoner looked fairly relaxed.

Hope it doesn't rain tomorrow.

Cheers

Total votes: 60

Edwards and Stoner both were the class act by thanking the turnworkers for their help in getting the bike back on track; good to see !

Total votes: 50

looked pretty fast on race rubber, the anouncers kept saying he was on soft tyres but it looked to me that he was on race rubber.

Total votes: 55

"Valentino Rossi was the first rider to crash, losing the front "

Casey must be happy-happy not having to deal with the Ducati front end issues anymore ...

Total votes: 57

True Casey is happy, but Rossi lost the rear in that corner. Just slid out on him. David called it a bit wrong but when I first saw it, I thought he lost the front too. Good job by Hopper. A top ten isn't out of the question I think

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Rossi thought he lost the front end. At least, that's what he said.

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Actually, I think Casey is estatic and thinks he's in heaven! 'IF' he wins tomorrow, on a track he's never gone well at, the competition will be shaking their heads and their moods will be gloomy!!!

Total votes: 43

The rain in Spain must come down again or this will be a snooze fest. Might this be the week we see the C.S of old?

Total votes: 55

What is "the C.S of old"? Is it the one who raced an LCR Honda on Michelins and could never find the feel he needs from the front and thus had a few crashes while trying to go as fast as he wanted to go? Or the one that raced a recalcitrant Ducati that needed to be ridden at 100% whether the front end was good or not, otherwise it would fold the front?

Unless he switches from Repsol Honda to one of the above bikes prior to the red lights going out, my guess is that it's quite unlikely that we'll see Stoner crashing out with a front end lose, which is pretty much the only way he has ever crashed out.

The Spaniards won't let Stoner run away with this one, I reckon we will have quite a race. I hope Hopper has a good result.

Total votes: 62

I think Casey has a good chance to have his best performance at Jerez. I really hopes he wins the race, but I think both Lorenzo and Pedrosa have a good shot as well, and they have that extra motivation from racing in Spain. Good to see Hopkins is competitive. I wish him well so he can prove he still is MotoGP material.

Total votes: 63

I don't think Casey has the pace on race tyres. I suspect he will need Dani to fade to be in with a chance if he can hold Lorenzo off. DP for the holeshot.

Honours to Randy, Cal, Hiro and Hopper looking forward to seeing them in the race tomorrow..

Total votes: 66