MotoGP qualifying summary and results Laguna Seca

Fiat Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo took pole position for Sunday’s Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix in a crucial qualifying session, but will require medical checks before the race after crashing late in the run.

A dramatic qualifying session at Laguna Seca, which ended with the Spaniard being stretchered away having set the pole position time of 1’21.678, also saw a heavy fall for Casey Stoner.

Lorenzo was unaffected by a lowside crash on the fourth corner with 20 minutes to go, jumping on his second M1 to grab pole for Sunday’s race, before a massive highside crash saw him taken away from trackside and straight to the medical centre. Initial tests showed a partially dislocated right shoulder and a bruised right foot, but Lorenzo will neither be passed fit to ride, nor ruled out of action, until Sunday morning.

Second fastest qualifier Valentino Rossi stood alone in parc fermé, having lapped 0.167s behind Lorenzo, with third fastest rider Stoner also crashing hard on turn three in the final minutes. Stoner appeared to be walking unaided, albeit unsteadily, after the session and is ok to race.

The second row for Sunday’s eighth MotoGP contest of 2009 will be an all-Honda affair, with factory pair Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso qualifying fourth and fifth respectively, in front of San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Toni Elías – all three less than half a second down on Lorenzo.

MotoGP’s American representatives Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Nicky Hayden (Ducati) will be joined on row three by Chris Vermeulen (Rizla Suzuki), who like Hayden has a good record at Laguna. The top ten qualifiers list was completed by Vermeulen’s veteran teammate Loris Capirossi -a previous winner at the track in the 1993 250cc race.

MotoGP Qualifying

Pos. Rider Nation Team Lap time
1 J.
LORENZO
SPA Fiat Yamaha Team 1’21.678
2 V.
ROSSI
ITA Fiat Yamaha Team +
0.167
3 C.
STONER
AUS Ducati Team +
0.232
4 D.
PEDROSA
SPA Repsol Honda Team +
0.435
5 A.
DOVIZIOSO
ITA Repsol Honda Team +
0.457
6 T.
ELIAS
SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini +
0.468
7 C.
EDWARDS
USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +
0.812
8 N.
HAYDEN
USA Ducati Team +
0.862
9 C.
VERMEULEN
AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP +
0.955
10 L.
CAPIROSSI
ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP +
0.984
11 M.
MELANDRI
ITA Hayate Racing Team +
1.164
12 A.
DE ANGELIS
RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini +
1.326
13 S.
GIBERNAU
SPA Grupo Francisco Hernando +
1.428
14 R.
DE PUNIET
FRA LCR Honda MotoGP +
1.469
15 J.
TOSELAND
GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +
1.712
16 N.
CANEPA
ITA Pramac Racing +
2.234
17 G.
TALMACSI
HUN Scot Racing Team MotoGP +
2.850

 

The Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix takes place on Sunday at 2pm local time (GMT -7)


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