MotoGP qualifying results from Jerez

An exciting MotoGP qualifying session at the Gran Premio bwin.com de España concluded with Motegi racewinner and series leader Jorge Lorenzo on pole in Jerez.

The man of the moment in MotoGP Jorge Lorenzo delighted the home crowd at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in beautiful conditions on Saturday afternoon, as he repeated his 2008 pole for the Gran Premio bwin.com de España.

In stark contrast to the appalling weather at Motegi a week ago which saw qualifying cancelled, the growing Spanish crowd at the Andalusian track were bathed in some typical Iberian sunshine as the MotoGP riders put on a great show on their 800cc prototypes.

Lorenzo and his big Spanish rival Dani Pedrosa did battle for pole position during the 45 minute session, with the Fiat Yamaha rider eventually emerging on top with a 1’38.933 hot lap on the 18th of his 21 turns of the track.

Saturday morning’s fastest rider Pedrosa again demonstrated his improving form and fitness on his Repsol Honda RC212V machine, lapping just 0.051s behind his young compatriot.

Ducati Marlboro’s Casey Stoner, who won the BMW M Award at Jerez in March’s Official MotoGP Test, was around half a second behind Lorenzo with his best effort putting him third on the grid at one of his least favoured tracks.

Friday’s top man, World Champion Valentino Rossi could not match his championship rivals and after a modest Saturday morning free practice outing the Italian qualified off the front row for the first time this year in fourth place.

A good effort from Randy de Puniet saw him as the top satellite equipped qualifier in fifth place for the LCR Honda team, whilst the second line of the grid was rounded off by Rizla Suzuki’s Loris Capirossi – who made sure four different manufacturers are represented on the front two rows.

The third row, meanwhile, features Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) and Toni Elias (San Carlo Honda Gresini), who will all be in the hunt for good points on Sunday.

Chris Vermeulen (Rizla Suzuki) was tenth fastest, with Sete Gibernau (Grupo Francisco Hernando) twelfth and 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden (Ducati Marlboro) down in 16th.

San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Alex de Angelis crashed at the end of the session and qualified in 15th place, but was not reported to be injured.

Pos. Rider Nation Team Lap time
1 J.
LORENZO
SPA Fiat Yamaha Team 1’38.933
2 D.
PEDROSA
SPA Repsol Honda Team +
0.051
3 C.
STONER
AUS Ducati Marlboro Team +
0.482
4 V.
ROSSI
ITA Fiat Yamaha Team +
0.709
5 R.
DE PUNIET
FRA LCR Honda MotoGP +
0.873
6 L.
CAPIROSSI
ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP +
0.929
7 C.
EDWARDS
USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +
0.993
8 A.
DOVIZIOSO
ITA Repsol Honda Team +
1.033
9 T.
ELIAS
SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini +
1.179
10 C.
VERMEULEN
AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP +
1.252
11 M.
MELANDRI
ITA Hayate Racing Team +
1.448
12 S.
GIBERNAU
SPA Grupo Francisco Hernando +
1.507
13 Y.
TAKAHASHI
JPN Scot Racing Team MotoGP +
1.666
14 J.
TOSELAND
GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +
1.737
15 A.
DE ANGELIS
RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini +
1.863
16 N.
HAYDEN
USA Ducati Marlboro Team +
2.020
17 M.
KALLIO
FIN Pramac Racing +
2.305
18 N.
CANEPA
ITA Pramac Racing +
2.320

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