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Le Mans Starting Grids: MotoGP, Moto2, 125

MotoGP

Reigning MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi topped a frantic qualifying session to take pole position for Sunday’s Monster Energy Grand Prix de France.

The final ten minutes of Saturday’s hour-long session saw the top spot on the timesheet change hands a number of times as the MotoGP riders pushed hard under the searing Le Mans sunshine.

The Italian snatched top spot in a time of 1’33.408, quicker than the existing race lap record, and with it took his first pole position of the 2010 season, and his first at the French circuit since 2005.

Jorge Lorenzo made it a Fiat Yamaha one-two in the session as he went round just 0.054s off Rossi’s pace, having consistently lapped amongst the fastest times, whilst Dani Pedrosa completed the front row of the starting grid with a fine effort late on as well.

Casey Stoner had been one of those competing for pole throughout the session but the Ducati Marlboro man had to settle for the first slot on the second row, unable to make the most of the soft option tyre. The Australian’s team-mate Nicky Hayden was just two-hundredths behind, and joined him as the final rider under the 1’34" mark as he registered the fifth best time.

LCR Honda rider Randy de Puniet will start his home GP from the second row as well after an impressive session placed him sixth.

Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso pushed himself to the front of row three with his final lap, whilst Colin Edwards and Loris Capirossi were eighth and ninth fastest respectively.

Completing the top ten times of the session was Aleix Espargaró, who despite running off at turn seven, did well to stay on his Pramac Ducati and went on to set his best time with his last lap of the session and seal his best ever MotoGP qualification.

Ben Spies and Mika Kallio were both back on track after their crashes in free practice earlier in the day, and set the 12th and 16th fastest times respectively in qualifying.

Meanwhile Alvaro Bautista sat out qualifying and ruled himself out of tomorrow’s race after a huge high-side this morning aggravated his existing shoulder injuries.

Le Mans, Saturday, May 22, 2010

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 46 Valentino
ROSSI
ITA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 290.6 1’33.408  
2 99 Jorge
LORENZO
SPA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 283.5 1’33.462 0.054 / 0.054
3 26 Dani
PEDROSA
SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 279.3 1’33.573 0.165 / 0.111
4 27 Casey
STONER
AUS Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati 288.8 1’33.824 0.416 / 0.251
5 69 Nicky
HAYDEN
USA Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati 284.1 1’33.845 0.437 / 0.021
6 14 Randy DE
PUNIET
FRA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 290.0 1’34.074 0.666 / 0.229
7 4 Andrea
DOVIZIOSO
ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 280.1 1’34.204 0.796 / 0.130
8 5 Colin
EDWARDS
USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 276.6 1’34.304 0.896 / 0.100
9 65 Loris
CAPIROSSI
ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 281.5 1’34.306 0.898 / 0.002
10 41 Aleix
ESPARGARO
SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 281.2 1’34.514 1.106 / 0.208
11 33 Marco
MELANDRI
ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 286.2 1’34.523 1.115 / 0.009
12 11 Ben SPIES USA Monster
Yamaha Tech 3
Yamaha 287.5 1’34.920 1.512 /
0.397
13 58 Marco
SIMONCELLI
ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 279.3 1’34.942 1.534 / 0.022
14 7 Hiroshi
AOYAMA
JPN Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda 285.8 1’34.979 1.571 / 0.037
15 40 Hector
BARBERA
SPA Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati 278.0 1’35.323 1.915 / 0.344
16 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Pramac
Racing Team
Ducati 278.5 1’35.810 2.402 /
0.487
  19 Alvaro
BAUTISTA
SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki

Moto2

Kenny Noyes rode a storming Moto2 qualifying session to take pole position for Sunday’s race, posting a best lap of 1’39.234 to place his Promoharris machine team at the head of the grid. Noyes is the first American to take pole in the intermediate GP class since John Kocinski at the Australian 250cc GP in 1990.

As was the case in the earlier practice session there was little separating a large number of riders, with the top 27 all within a second of one another. Second fastest, at just 0.031s behind Noyes, was Yuki Takahashi who will ensure that his Tech3 team start their home race from an encouraging spot. Alex Debón joins them on the front row, as will Frenchman Jules Cluzel.

Fonsi Nieto and Sergio Gadea maintained their consistency from practice to take the fifth and sixth fastest times respectively, whilst Toni Elías recovered from an early crash to record the seventh quickest lap. Simone Corsi will complete the second row.

Le Mans, Saturday, May 22, 2010

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 9 Kenny NOYES USA Jack
& Jones by A.Banderas
Promoharris 247.4 1’39.234  
2 72 Yuki
TAKAHASHI
JPN Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 250.5 1’39.265 0.031 / 0.031
3 6 Alex DEBON SPA Aeroport
de Castello – Ajo
FTR 249.9 1’39.320 0.086 /
0.055
4 16 Jules
CLUZEL
FRA Forward Racing Suter 251.7 1’39.334 0.100 / 0.014
5 10 Fonsi NIETO SPA Holiday
Gym G22
Moriwaki 248.5 1’39.402 0.168 /
0.068
6 40 Sergio
GADEA
SPA Tenerife 40 Pons Pons Kalex 255.1 1’39.501 0.267 / 0.099
7 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Gresini
Racing Moto2
Moriwaki 249.4 1’39.517 0.283 /
0.016
8 3 Simone
CORSI
ITA JIR Moto2 Motobi 252.5 1’39.598 0.364 / 0.081
9 60 Julian
SIMON
SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 254.1 1’39.622 0.388 / 0.024
10 44 Roberto
ROLFO
ITA Italtrans S.T.R. Suter 250.0 1’39.695 0.461 / 0.073
11 19 Xavier
SIMEON
BEL Holiday Gym Racing Moriwaki 248.0 1’39.761 0.527 / 0.066
12 14 Ratthapark
WILAIROT
THA Thai Honda PTT Singha SAG Bimota 249.0 1’39.783 0.549 / 0.022
13 71 Claudio
CORTI
ITA Forward Racing Suter 247.7 1’39.787 0.553 / 0.004
14 29 Andrea
IANNONE
ITA Fimmco Speed Up Speed Up 259.6 1’39.787 0.553
15 48 Shoya
TOMIZAWA
JPN Technomag-CIP Suter 254.6 1’39.795 0.561 / 0.008
16 15 Alex DE
ANGELIS
RSM RSM Team Scot Force GP210 247.0 1’39.878 0.644 / 0.083
17 12 Thomas
LUTHI
SWI Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2 Moriwaki 250.6 1’39.900 0.666 / 0.022
18 59 Niccolo
CANEPA
ITA RSM Team Scot Force GP210 249.5 1’39.920 0.686 / 0.020
19 2 Gabor
TALMACSI
HUN Fimmco Speed Up Speed Up 252.9 1’39.973 0.739 / 0.053
20 35 Raffaele
DE ROSA
ITA Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 250.6 1’40.064 0.830 / 0.091
21 45 Scott
REDDING
GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Suter 248.3 1’40.087 0.853 / 0.023
22 52 Lukas PESEK CZE Matteoni
CP Racing
Moriwaki 255.0 1’40.093 0.859 /
0.006
23 80 Axel PONS SPA Tenerife
40 Pons
Pons Kalex 250.3 1’40.163 0.929 /
0.070
24 68 Yonny
HERNANDEZ
COL Blusens-STX BQR-Moto2 251.5 1’40.184 0.950 / 0.021
25 17 Karel
ABRAHAM
CZE Cardion AB Motoracing FTR 250.0 1’40.185 0.951 / 0.001
26 41 Arne TODE GER Racing
Team Germany
Suter 251.3 1’40.200 0.966 /
0.015
27 55 Hector
FAUBEL
SPA Marc VDS Racing Team Suter 251.7 1’40.203 0.969 / 0.003
28 25 Alex
BALDOLINI
ITA Caretta Technology Race Dept I.C.P. 252.2 1’40.262 1.028 / 0.059
29 63 Mike DI
MEGLIO
FRA Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 255.1 1’40.315 1.081 / 0.053
30 77 Dominique
AEGERTER
SWI Technomag-CIP Suter 254.1 1’40.461 1.227 / 0.146
31 75 Mattia
PASINI
ITA JIR Moto2 Motobi 257.3 1’40.585 1.351 / 0.124
32 8 Anthony
WEST
AUS MZ Racing Team MZ-RE Honda 246.9 1’40.632 1.398 / 0.047
33 39 Robertino
PIETRI
VEN Italtrans S.T.R. Suter 251.7 1’40.666 1.432 / 0.034
34 61 Vladimir
IVANOV
UKR Gresini Racing Moto2 Moriwaki 248.8 1’40.746 1.512 / 0.080
35 65 Stefan
BRADL
GER Viessmann Kiefer Racing Suter 248.4 1’40.753 1.519 / 0.007
36 76 Bernat
MARTINEZ
SPA Maquinza-SAG Team Bimota 245.4 1’41.509 2.275 / 0.756
37 5 Joan OLIVE SPA Jack
& Jones by A.Banderas
Promoharris 250.2 1’41.532 2.298 / 0.023
38 53 Valentin
DEBISE
FRA WTR San Marino Team ADV 250.8 1’41.649 2.415 / 0.117
39 95 Mashel
AL NAIMI
QAT Blusens-STX BQR-Moto2 253.4 1’41.789 2.555 / 0.140
40 88 Yannick
GUERRA
SPA Holiday Gym G22 Moriwaki 246.9 1’41.972 2.738 / 0.183
41 21 Vladimir
LEONOV
RUS Vector Kiefer Racing Suter 249.0 1’42.118 2.884 / 0.14

125cc GP

125cc World Championship leader Nico Terol will start the race at Le Mans from pole position, after he topped qualifying session with a best lap of 1’43.719.

The Bancaja Aspar rider currently holds a seven-point advantage over Pol Espargaró in the championship standings, and the Tuenti Racing rider was second quickest in the session just 0.145s behind.

German youngster Sandro Cortese ensured that the front row will have a non-Spanish rider on it for the first time this season, and Marc Márquez will make it three Derbi machines out of four.

Bradley Smith looks to have rediscovered his pace on his Aprilia after a seizure on Friday, and will start from the front of the second row.

The Brit set his best time of the session on his 19th and final lap, before suffering a small fall right at the end. Tomoyoshi Koyama, Randy Krummenacher and Danny Webb all set top-eight times as well to give themselves promising starting positions for Sunday.

Le Mans, Saturday, May 22, 2010

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 40 Nicolas
TEROL
SPA Bancaja Aspar Team Aprilia 214.8 1’43.719  
2 44 Pol
ESPARGARO
SPA Tuenti Racing Derbi 209.7 1’43.864 0.145 / 0.145
3 11 Sandro
CORTESE
GER Avant Mitsubishi Ajo Derbi 212.2 1’44.118 0.399 / 0.254
4 93 Marc
MARQUEZ
SPA Red Bull Ajo Motorsport Derbi 213.8 1’44.141 0.422 / 0.023
5 38 Bradley
SMITH
GBR Bancaja Aspar Team Aprilia 212.7 1’44.172 0.453 / 0.031
6 71 Tomoyoshi
KOYAMA
JPN Racing Team Germany Aprilia 213.6 1’44.358 0.639 / 0.186
7 35 Randy
KRUMMENACHER
SWI Stipa-Molenaar Racing GP Aprilia 212.0 1’44.580 0.861 / 0.222
8 99 Danny WEBB GBR Andalucia
Cajasol
Aprilia 215.4 1’44.807 1.088 /
0.227
9 14 Johann
ZARCO
FRA WTR San Marino Team Aprilia 214.5 1’44.909 1.190 / 0.102
10 12 Esteve
RABAT
SPA Blusens-STX Aprilia 211.8 1’44.920 1.201 / 0.011
11 39 Luis SALOM SPA Stipa-Molenaar
Racing GP
Aprilia 212.5 1’45.021 1.302 /
0.101
12 7 Efren
VAZQUEZ
SPA Tuenti Racing Derbi 212.9 1’45.306 1.587 / 0.285
13 94 Jonas
FOLGER
GER Ongetta Team Aprilia 213.1 1’45.618 1.899 / 0.312
14 51 Riccardo
MORETTI
ITA Fontana Racing Aprilia 210.7 1’45.657 1.938 / 0.039
15 53 Jasper
IWEMA
NED CBC Corse Aprilia 214.8 1’45.754 2.035 / 0.097
16 26 Adrian
MARTIN
SPA Aeroport de Castello – Ajo Aprilia 209.9 1’45.851 2.132 / 0.097
17 23 Alberto
MONCAYO
SPA Andalucia Cajasol Aprilia 208.9 1’45.955 2.236 / 0.104
18 5 Alexis
MASBOU
FRA Ongetta Team Aprilia 208.7 1’46.035 2.316 / 0.080
19 32 Lorenzo
SAVADORI
ITA Matteoni CP Racing Aprilia 204.1 1’46.372 2.653 / 0.337
20 78 Marcel
SCHROTTER
GER Interwetten Honda 125 Honda 209.2 1’46.772 3.053 / 0.400
21 50 Sturla
FAGERHAUG
NOR AirAsia – Sepang Int. Circuit Aprilia 204.0 1’46.777 3.058 / 0.005
22 69 Louis ROSSI FRA CBC
Corse
Aprilia 206.6 1’46.782 3.063 /
0.005
23 84 Jakub
KORNFEIL
CZE Racing Team Germany Aprilia 207.9 1’46.867 3.148 / 0.085
24 63 Zulfahmi
KHAIRUDDIN
MAL AirAsia – Sepang Int. Circuit Aprilia 204.9 1’47.643 3.924 / 0.776
25 60 Michael
VAN DER MARK
NED Lambretta Reparto Corse Lambretta 198.1 1’48.271 4.552 / 0.628
26 83 Morgan
BERCHET
FRA Xtreme Racing Team Honda 199.7 1’48.812 5.093 / 0.541
27 81 Gregory
DI CARLO
FRA Equipe de France Vitesse Espoir Honda 203.6 1’48.868 5.149 / 0.056
28 82 Kevin
SZALAI
FRA Equipe de France Vitesse Espoir Honda 199.2 1’48.924 5.205 / 0.056
29 72 Marco
RAVAIOLI
ITA Lambretta Reparto Corse Lambretta 204.1 1’49.023 5.304 / 0.09

 

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