2013 Jerez MotoGP QP Result: Higher Temperatures Means Tempermental Tires

Results and summary of qualifying for MotoGP:

 

Jorge Lorenzo celebrated his 26th birthday in his favorite way: Pole position at a home race. While that might have been expected -- Lorenzo led most of the laps during most of the practices -- little else went as predicted for the top riders. Second-place Dani Pedrosa crashed hard, as did Cal Crutchlow (fourth) and Valentino Rossi (fifth) when the temperatures rose and the track and tires lost grip. Jerez, often called a Yamaha-friendly track, will see two Hondas out front. And similar to Moto3, it will be an all Spanish front row. Note: Karel Abraham, who participated in practice, will not race due to a badly broken collarbone he suffered at the COTA practice two week ago.

Result:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.
1 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'38.673  
2 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'38.920 0.247 / 0.247
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'38.971 0.298 / 0.051
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha 1'39.262 0.589 / 0.291
5 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'39.300 0.627 / 0.038
6 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 1'39.509 0.836 / 0.209
7 69 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati 1'39.654 0.981 / 0.145
8 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'39.847 1.174 / 0.193
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'39.848 1.175 / 0.001
10 8 Hector BARBERA FTR 1'39.980 1.307 / 0.132
11 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'40.087 1.414 / 0.107
12 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'40.356 1.683 / 0.269
13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 1'40.085 0.100 / 0.095
14 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'40.182 0.197 / 0.097
15 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 1'40.466 0.481 / 0.284
16 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA FTR 1'40.654 0.669 / 0.188
17 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda-Suter 1'40.852 0.867 / 0.198
18 67 Bryan STARING FTR Honda 1'41.324 1.339 / 0.472
19 71 Claudio CORTI FTR Kawasaki 1'41.513 1.528 / 0.189
20 5 Colin EDWARDS FTR Kawasaki 1'41.536 1.551 / 0.023
21 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ ART 1'41.779 1.794 / 0.243
22 70 Michael LAVERTY PBM 1'41.935 1.950 / 0.156
23 52 Lukas PESEK Ioda-Suter 1'43.220 3.235 / 1.285
  17 Karel ABRAHAM ART    

 

Round Number: 
3
2013
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Comments

Solid as a rock. Great performance and yes, it is a Yamaha track. Hardly HRC'S fault that the Yamaha front end flipped a la Ducati without warning.
Banquo's ghost et al.

This could be a real snoozefest of a race if JLO continues at this pace. The only top rider to not crash and also the fastest. Hopefully it will be hot as hell so maybe his tires will get chewed up giving the Hondas a chance.

It's going to be a good race I think. Dani will be first going into 1. How long he can hold Lorenzo off will be the question. Cal has good pace but he will have to not make a mistake. Which is unlikely.