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.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
146Valentino

ROSSI
ITAFiat Yamaha TeamYamaha290.61’33.408 
299Jorge

LORENZO
SPAFiat Yamaha TeamYamaha283.51’33.4620.054 / 0.054
326Dani

PEDROSA
SPARepsol Honda TeamHonda279.31’33.5730.165 / 0.111
427Casey

STONER
AUSDucati Marlboro TeamDucati288.81’33.8240.416 / 0.251
569Nicky

HAYDEN
USADucati Marlboro TeamDucati284.11’33.8450.437 / 0.021
614Randy DE

PUNIET
FRALCR Honda MotoGPHonda290.01’34.0740.666 / 0.229
74Andrea

DOVIZIOSO
ITARepsol Honda TeamHonda280.11’34.2040.796 / 0.130
85Colin

EDWARDS
USAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha276.61’34.3040.896 / 0.100
965Loris

CAPIROSSI
ITARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki281.51’34.3060.898 / 0.002
1041Aleix

ESPARGARO
SPAPramac Racing TeamDucati281.21’34.5141.106 / 0.208
1133Marco

MELANDRI
ITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda286.21’34.5231.115 / 0.009
1211Ben SPIESUSAMonster

Yamaha Tech 3
Yamaha287.51’34.9201.512 /

0.397
1358Marco

SIMONCELLI
ITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda279.31’34.9421.534 / 0.022
147Hiroshi

AOYAMA
JPNInterwetten Honda MotoGPHonda285.81’34.9791.571 / 0.037
1540Hector

BARBERA
SPAPaginas Amarillas AsparDucati278.01’35.3231.915 / 0.344
1636Mika KALLIOFINPramac

Racing Team
Ducati278.51’35.8102.402 /

0.487
 19Alvaro

BAUTISTA
SPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki

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.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
19Kenny NOYESUSAJack

& Jones by A.Banderas
Promoharris247.41’39.234 
272Yuki

TAKAHASHI
JPNTech 3 RacingTech 3250.51’39.2650.031 / 0.031
36Alex DEBONSPAAeroport

de Castello – Ajo
FTR249.91’39.3200.086 /

0.055
416Jules

CLUZEL
FRAForward RacingSuter251.71’39.3340.100 / 0.014
510Fonsi NIETOSPAHoliday

Gym G22
Moriwaki248.51’39.4020.168 /

0.068
640Sergio

GADEA
SPATenerife 40 PonsPons Kalex255.11’39.5010.267 / 0.099
724Toni ELIASSPAGresini

Racing Moto2
Moriwaki249.41’39.5170.283 /

0.016
83Simone

CORSI
ITAJIR Moto2Motobi252.51’39.5980.364 / 0.081
960Julian

SIMON
SPAMapfre Aspar TeamSuter254.11’39.6220.388 / 0.024
1044Roberto

ROLFO
ITAItaltrans S.T.R.Suter250.01’39.6950.461 / 0.073
1119Xavier

SIMEON
BELHoliday Gym RacingMoriwaki248.01’39.7610.527 / 0.066
1214Ratthapark

WILAIROT
THAThai Honda PTT Singha SAGBimota249.01’39.7830.549 / 0.022
1371Claudio

CORTI
ITAForward RacingSuter247.71’39.7870.553 / 0.004
1429Andrea

IANNONE
ITAFimmco Speed UpSpeed Up259.61’39.7870.553
1548Shoya

TOMIZAWA
JPNTechnomag-CIPSuter254.61’39.7950.561 / 0.008
1615Alex DE

ANGELIS
RSMRSM Team ScotForce GP210247.01’39.8780.644 / 0.083
1712Thomas

LUTHI
SWIInterwetten Moriwaki Moto2Moriwaki250.61’39.9000.666 / 0.022
1859Niccolo

CANEPA
ITARSM Team ScotForce GP210249.51’39.9200.686 / 0.020
192Gabor

TALMACSI
HUNFimmco Speed UpSpeed Up252.91’39.9730.739 / 0.053
2035Raffaele

DE ROSA
ITATech 3 RacingTech 3250.61’40.0640.830 / 0.091
2145Scott

REDDING
GBRMarc VDS Racing TeamSuter248.31’40.0870.853 / 0.023
2252Lukas PESEKCZEMatteoni

CP Racing
Moriwaki255.01’40.0930.859 /

0.006
2380Axel PONSSPATenerife

40 Pons
Pons Kalex250.31’40.1630.929 /

0.070
2468Yonny

HERNANDEZ
COLBlusens-STXBQR-Moto2251.51’40.1840.950 / 0.021
2517Karel

ABRAHAM
CZECardion AB MotoracingFTR250.01’40.1850.951 / 0.001
2641Arne TODEGERRacing

Team Germany
Suter251.31’40.2000.966 /

0.015
2755Hector

FAUBEL
SPAMarc VDS Racing TeamSuter251.71’40.2030.969 / 0.003
2825Alex

BALDOLINI
ITACaretta Technology Race DeptI.C.P.252.21’40.2621.028 / 0.059
2963Mike DI

MEGLIO
FRAMapfre Aspar TeamSuter255.11’40.3151.081 / 0.053
3077Dominique

AEGERTER
SWITechnomag-CIPSuter254.11’40.4611.227 / 0.146
3175Mattia

PASINI
ITAJIR Moto2Motobi257.31’40.5851.351 / 0.124
328Anthony

WEST
AUSMZ Racing TeamMZ-RE Honda246.91’40.6321.398 / 0.047
3339Robertino

PIETRI
VENItaltrans S.T.R.Suter251.71’40.6661.432 / 0.034
3461Vladimir

IVANOV
UKRGresini Racing Moto2Moriwaki248.81’40.7461.512 / 0.080
3565Stefan

BRADL
GERViessmann Kiefer RacingSuter248.41’40.7531.519 / 0.007
3676Bernat

MARTINEZ
SPAMaquinza-SAG TeamBimota245.41’41.5092.275 / 0.756
375Joan OLIVESPAJack

& Jones by A.Banderas
Promoharris250.21’41.5322.298 / 0.023
3853Valentin

DEBISE
FRAWTR San Marino TeamADV250.81’41.6492.415 / 0.117
3995Mashel

AL NAIMI
QATBlusens-STXBQR-Moto2253.41’41.7892.555 / 0.140
4088Yannick

GUERRA
SPAHoliday Gym G22Moriwaki246.91’41.9722.738 / 0.183
4121Vladimir

LEONOV
RUSVector Kiefer RacingSuter249.01’42.1182.884 / 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.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
140Nicolas

TEROL
SPABancaja Aspar TeamAprilia214.81’43.719 
244Pol

ESPARGARO
SPATuenti RacingDerbi209.71’43.8640.145 / 0.145
311Sandro

CORTESE
GERAvant Mitsubishi AjoDerbi212.21’44.1180.399 / 0.254
493Marc

MARQUEZ
SPARed Bull Ajo MotorsportDerbi213.81’44.1410.422 / 0.023
538Bradley

SMITH
GBRBancaja Aspar TeamAprilia212.71’44.1720.453 / 0.031
671Tomoyoshi

KOYAMA
JPNRacing Team GermanyAprilia213.61’44.3580.639 / 0.186
735Randy

KRUMMENACHER
SWIStipa-Molenaar Racing GPAprilia212.01’44.5800.861 / 0.222
899Danny WEBBGBRAndalucia

Cajasol
Aprilia215.41’44.8071.088 /

0.227
914Johann

ZARCO
FRAWTR San Marino TeamAprilia214.51’44.9091.190 / 0.102
1012Esteve

RABAT
SPABlusens-STXAprilia211.81’44.9201.201 / 0.011
1139Luis SALOMSPAStipa-Molenaar

Racing GP
Aprilia212.51’45.0211.302 /

0.101
127Efren

VAZQUEZ
SPATuenti RacingDerbi212.91’45.3061.587 / 0.285
1394Jonas

FOLGER
GEROngetta TeamAprilia213.11’45.6181.899 / 0.312
1451Riccardo

MORETTI
ITAFontana RacingAprilia210.71’45.6571.938 / 0.039
1553Jasper

IWEMA
NEDCBC CorseAprilia214.81’45.7542.035 / 0.097
1626Adrian

MARTIN
SPAAeroport de Castello – AjoAprilia209.91’45.8512.132 / 0.097
1723Alberto

MONCAYO
SPAAndalucia CajasolAprilia208.91’45.9552.236 / 0.104
185Alexis

MASBOU
FRAOngetta TeamAprilia208.71’46.0352.316 / 0.080
1932Lorenzo

SAVADORI
ITAMatteoni CP RacingAprilia204.11’46.3722.653 / 0.337
2078Marcel

SCHROTTER
GERInterwetten Honda 125Honda209.21’46.7723.053 / 0.400
2150Sturla

FAGERHAUG
NORAirAsia – Sepang Int. CircuitAprilia204.01’46.7773.058 / 0.005
2269Louis ROSSIFRACBC

Corse
Aprilia206.61’46.7823.063 /

0.005
2384Jakub

KORNFEIL
CZERacing Team GermanyAprilia207.91’46.8673.148 / 0.085
2463Zulfahmi

KHAIRUDDIN
MALAirAsia – Sepang Int. CircuitAprilia204.91’47.6433.924 / 0.776
2560Michael

VAN DER MARK
NEDLambretta Reparto CorseLambretta198.11’48.2714.552 / 0.628
2683Morgan

BERCHET
FRAXtreme Racing TeamHonda199.71’48.8125.093 / 0.541
2781Gregory

DI CARLO
FRAEquipe de France Vitesse EspoirHonda203.61’48.8685.149 / 0.056
2882Kevin

SZALAI
FRAEquipe de France Vitesse EspoirHonda199.21’48.9245.205 / 0.056
2972Marco

RAVAIOLI
ITALambretta Reparto CorseLambretta204.11’49.0235.304 / 0.09