2011 Brno MotoGP Qualifying Practice Result: Tight Battle For Pole Settled In Final Seconds

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

Dani Pedrosa has taken his first pole of the season at Brno, capping yesterday's dominance with the fastest time during qualifying. Pedrosa led from early on, but was displaced from the top spot first by Casey Stoner and then by Jorge Lorenzo. With 14 minutes to go, Lorenzo became the first man to get into the 1'56 bracket with a lap of 1'56.704, but his time was bested very shortly afterwards by Pedrosa, the Repsol Honda man taking back pole, then going on to improve his time with his last lap on track.

Jorge Lorenzo was left to start from 2nd, the Yamaha rider sitting just ahead of Casey Stoner, who was unable to beat the times of the two Spaniards. Ben Spies put in a strong performance despite a pinched nerve in his neck, and will head up the 2nd row of the grid in 4th, nearly six tenths behind Pedrosa, but ahead of the San Carlo Gresini Honda of Marco Simoncelli. The improvement that Valentino Rossi's Marlboro Ducati team found yesterday carried through to Saturday, Rossi posting his best qualifying of the year with a 6th place, just three quarters of a second off the pace of Pedrosa and ahead of the third Repsol Honda of Andrea Dovizioso, who heads up the third row of the grid.

Dovizioso sits ahead of a pair of Americans, Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Colin Edwards finishing ahead of Ducati's Nicky Hayden, while Hiroshi Aoyama rounds out the top 10. Cal Crutchlow ended qualifying in 11th, and Toni Elias had his best qualifying session of the year and will start from 12th. Karel Abraham had another rough qualifying session in front of his home crowd, crashing in the final minutes and sitting last in the standings, but at least he should be able to take part in the race, unlike last year in Moto2. And John Hopkins has been ruled out of the race with a finger injury, a bitter disappointment to the American who had been going so well as a wildcard entry on the Rizla Suzuki.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'56.591    
2 1 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'56.704 0.113 0.113
3 27 Casey STONER HONDA 1'56.860 0.269 0.156
4 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'57.178 0.587 0.318
5 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 1'57.351 0.760 0.173
6 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 1'57.367 0.776 0.016
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'57.442 0.851 0.075
8 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'57.676 1.085 0.234
9 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'57.721 1.130 0.045
10 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 1'57.784 1.193 0.063
11 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 1'57.797 1.206 0.013
12 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 1'58.245 1.654 0.448
13 8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'58.273 1.682 0.028
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 1'58.274 1.683 0.001
15 14 Randy DE PUNIET DUCATI 1'58.889 2.298 0.615
16 65 Loris CAPIROSSI DUCATI 1'58.938 2.347 0.049
17 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 1'58.946 2.355 0.008
* 21 John HOPKINS SUZUKI      

 

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I wonder whether he can get a good start and be in the game this time. Stoner's team often come up with a good setting overnight out of the blue, so I wouldn't expect him to be off the pace. Reckon he'll apply tactics as he's been increasingly doing lately - sit in 3rd for a good while, then pick his way through to 1st as the fuel load drops away.

Two riders will be focused on their title aspirations.One will be hoping to clear off into the distance,Dani. Casey and George closed him down by a big margin today.
The second row is huge. I've been waiting all year to see how Vale and Simmo will deal with each other head to head on track rather than as big mates.
Valentino looks, hopefully, to be able to make it a bit of a slugfest.
Ben, well he's just warming up. Very impressive throughout qualifying.
As always,I hope for a clean,incident free race for the first two laps at least.
The start will be very telling. The Ducati does launch very well. Better than the Honda in my opinion. Maybe because its an L-4 and doesn't need a balance shaft.
Here's hoping Ducati are in the mix for a legitimate podium tomorrow and 'hairdo' doesn't scramble another egg.

From my understanding, Stoner was on pole on race rubber, so it should be another great battle between the top 3. This championship is very close and the last half of the season will be awesome ! Aliens 3 ! Next year it may be Aliens v Rossi :)

Hopefully the top three qualifiers can have a good tight race right to the last lap.
Going by qualifying times, Spies,Simoncelli,Rossi and Dovi could be in a battle for fourth. Though Spies on present form should get the fourth position, he nearly always seems to struggle in the first half of the race before coming on strong in the later stages of the race. If i remember, he did the same on the Tech 3 machine last season, maybe he lacks confidence on the bike with a full fuel load and new tyres, which is a shame because i`m sure he could challenge for more podiums if he had a better early race pace.

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This has the potential of being a good race. I just hope Ben gets a good start and Simo or Vale doesn't get to turn one before he does.

If he can hang with the first group and his pinched nerve doesn't hijack him I think he has a chance to battle with Stoner or Lorenzo for third. Maybe wishful thinking but what can I say - I'm an unashamed fan.

Go Spies!

Pedrosa, Stoner, Lorenzo.
Would like to see Rossi on the podium, but do not think we will see this till the bike is more to his liking--unless it`s a wet race, and that could be a very different story.