Motorcycle Racing News Le Mans Starting Grids: MotoGP, Moto2, 125

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 1

valignt">st/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 1

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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

 

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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