Summary and results of MotoGP qualifying:
Dani Pedrosa has obliterated the field along with Casey Stoner's fastest ever lap record of the Catalunya circuit. The Spaniard trumped the previous benchmark by almost three tenths of a second and headed the field by over half a second. Pedrosa's feat was made all the more impressive by the fact that Stoner's record time was set during the era of qualifying tyres in 2008. Briton Cal Crutchlow finished in a superb second position after dictating the pace in the early stages of the session, trading fast laps with Pedrosa.
A troubled Jorge Lorenzo completes the front row, the factory Yamaha rider was particularly displeased after encountering clutch problems very early on. He was involved in some highly animated discussions with his pit crew after having to abort his first attempt at a hot lap. The reigning champion was forced to complete the session aboard his second bike.
Alvaro Bautista made it three Spaniards in the top four after qualifying in a highly creditable fourth place and will be joined on the second row by Nicky Hayden and Marc Marquez. Valentino Rossi continued his disappointing qualifying form to finish in an underwhelming seventh place alongside countrymen Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso. LCR Honda rider Stefan Bradl rounded out the top ten.
|3||14||Randy DE PUNIET||ART||1'43.186||0.579||0.526|
|6||5||Colin EDWARDS||FTR Kawasaki||1'43.983||1.376||0.324|
|9||71||Claudio CORTI||FTR Kawasaki||1'44.603||1.996||0.234|
|12||67||Bryan STARING||FTR Honda||1'45.441||2.834||0.528|
|14||77||Javier DEL AMOR||FTR||1'48.952||6.345||2.650|