2013 Barcelona MotoGP QP Results: Records Shattered In Explosive Qualifying

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. 

Q2 Results: 

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'40.893    
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha 1'41.501 0.608 0.608
3 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'41.566 0.673 0.065
4 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 1'41.714 0.821 0.148
5 69 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati 1'41.800 0.907 0.086
6 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'41.842 0.949 0.042
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'41.959 1.066 0.117
8 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'41.963 1.070 0.004
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'42.053 1.160 0.090
10 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'42.090 1.197 0.037
11 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'42.548 1.655 0.458
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 1'42.878 1.985 0.330

 

Q1 Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'42.607    
2 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'42.660 0.053 0.053
3 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 1'43.186 0.579 0.526
4 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'43.330 0.723 0.144
5 8 Hector BARBERA FTR 1'43.659 1.052 0.329
6 5 Colin EDWARDS FTR Kawasaki 1'43.983 1.376 0.324
7 17 Karel ABRAHAM ART 1'44.362 1.755 0.379
8 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda-Suter 1'44.369 1.762 0.007
9 71 Claudio CORTI FTR Kawasaki 1'44.603 1.996 0.234
10 70 Michael LAVERTY PBM 1'44.630 2.023 0.027
11 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ ART 1'44.913 2.306 0.283
12 67 Bryan STARING FTR Honda 1'45.441 2.834 0.528
13 52 Lukas PESEK Ioda-Suter 1'46.302 3.695 0.861
14 77 Javier DEL AMOR FTR 1'48.952 6.345 2.650

 

Round Number: 
6
2013
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Right, enough's enough!

I've had it up to here with the TV director's infuriating habit of cutting away from the track action to pointless shots of the pits. Even during Dani's pole lap, he obviously felt we needed to see other stuff instead of Dani putting in the lap of his life.

It must stop now!

If you feel the same way then feel free to raise this issue with one or all of these people...

@MotoGPJules

@TobyMoody

@Stavros6

@matt77roberts

If enough of us moan about this then, maybe, something will get done about it.

If there are other names you can think of that might be worth including then please post them here.

Total votes: 93

I agree 100 percent! It's like the TV director has camera Tourette's or something. Just because you CAN cut to the pits every 5 seconds doesn't mean you have to for gods sake.

Gotta say that's why I loved the old single lap Superpole format WSBK used to run, the director is forced to stick with them for the full lap as they give it everything they've got, great viewing.

Awesome lap by Dani, but I was actually surprised the existing record was 5 years old. Q tyres or not that's a long time for an 800cc lap time to stand. Probably similiar to Hayden's PHillip ISland lap which has stood for ages as well partly cos conditions haven't been perfect every year.

Total votes: 96

There's no qualifying coverage on US TV except for the US GPs.
In addition, during the race itself, SpeedTV habitually cuts away to promote future programs about rednecks and their pickup trucks - or to interview Nicky Hayden's Kentucky cousins - or to explain (not really) how the front disk brakes work on his spare bike .

Total votes: 93

He should've followed Dani around for that entire lap. My God what a lap!!!!!

Total votes: 89

It's even worse in world Superbikes, where whenever Melandri does something it instantly cuts away to either his girlfriend or the BMW team boss.

I'm also sick and tired of that Aprilia guy with the beard who always slumps down while watching the race.

In F1 they usually just show a replay of the pit crew reacting to something, that's fine by me.

Total votes: 118

I am totally OK with the camera shots of Melandri's girlfriend. It gives me hope that a short unattractive man still has a chance in this world to date a supermodel.

Total votes: 102

Well, there are plenty clips of Manuela Raffaeta strutting her stuff on YouTube if that's what you want to look at. Speaking for myself, when i'm watching World Supers I want to see the bikes on the track and I am sick and tired of looking at the woman. It would make me very happy if she decided not turn up at any more televised race meetings, from now on 'till the end of civilisation. Either that, or the TV director getting his priorities straightend out.

Total votes: 94

Agreed, no offence to the lady in question, but I'm totally sick of the sight of her and that BMW baseball cap, there are plently of brolly dollies all over the grid if that's what you want.

It doesn't help that the commentators on Eurosport are always drooling at every shot of her.

Total votes: 100

You missed the (supposed to be funny) point. It's not about her; it's the fact that she's hanging around with Marco! If that doesn't make you believe in miracles, nothing will.

Total votes: 85

Dani was simply smoken! Seriously impressive.
Cal very strong in qualifying (I guess the best Tech3 is still not as good as factory #2 and still he came on top).
Bautista & Hayden hopefully will stick the top group tomorrow.
Rossi really doesn't like this qualifying setup ...

Why have they took away a lap from Espargaro has he cut through?

Total votes: 81

Espargaro had his lap cut because he cut off too much of turn 2. The right-left combination of turns 1 & 2 is a favorite to cut off, as the riders often go into turn 1 a little bit too hot and they run on.

As for TV direction, that is in the hands of the director of the international feed. Best person to contact is the official @MotoGP twitter account, or contact them via the website.

Total votes: 81

I have watched it with no audio and couldn't tell.

Total votes: 89

Thanks.

If everybody that reads this page was to send a tweet to @MotoGP asking the director to break out of his habit then I guess there's a chance we might see some improvement in future.

We can only hope...

Total votes: 87

Rossi don't click with the 15 minutes format for sure. 4 years ago they would have quickly changed the format!

Total votes: 87

...but what a lap by Pedrosa! He also had an impressive run in FP4 with consecutive low-ish 1'42''s. But no one knows yet race pace after 10 laps. Dare I suggest that the yamahas will be strong at the end of the race and maybe battle with Pedrosa? This whole weekend actually reminds me a lot of Qatar so far, with the exception of Dani being faster this time.

Regarding Vale and qualifying, forget about it. I think he has more chances of winning a race than qualifying in the first row this year. But he's actually not looking too bad for a podium in this one. As all riders have said, it's gonna be a long race, big part of which on slippery tyres, and only Dani, Jorge, Cal and Vale have dipped consistently in the 1'42''s in FP4 (race conditions and settings). Barring accidents I predict 2 yamahas on the podium, one being Lorenzo. But then again there's that Marquez dude...

Total votes: 88

As long as Rossi keeps qualifying on the third row, I can't see him getting a podium. Row 2 - well maybe. Yes I agree that there are the top 4 this weekend with what looks like a good race pace.

Pedrosa looked awesome but tomorrow; I think Jorge will will run better than qualifying suggests. Whoever it it is; fingers crossed for a great race!

Total votes: 90

Yes. Rossi is going to have to race for it. Pedrosa and the stunning lap record. I blinked and it was done and dusted. On the other hand, why has it taken 5 years?
Easy! No tyre war. And that is the fundamental cause of Ducati issues finding that oh so close consistent 1 second a lap gap over race distance.
We have been around the block so many times with Bridgestone designation.
'Works best with those bikes,works less well with those bikes...given track and ambient temperature'.
Harkening back to 2007 and Catalunya. Any fool and his dog knows the Preziosi D16 was a weapon of note in a straight line circa Qatar/Shanghai and that was about it
Rossi needs to sort out his qualifying? Given his history and status within the factory Yamaha team,qualifying last should not be an issue for him. Scythe through the pack turn by turn.
Back to Dani. Stoner's arrival at HRC sure as hell sparked Dani to another level and its showing.
Good on HRC,Suppo's handling and the entire team.

Total votes: 85