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MotoGP Silverstone: Starting Grids

MotoGP Grids

Jorge Lorenzo secured his first pole position of the 2010 campaign at the AirAsia British Grand Prix after an exciting qualifying practice at Silverstone. The World Championship leader battled with Randy de Puniet through the latter stages of a cold afternoon session, finally edging the Frenchman out with a best time of 2’03.308.

De Puniet had stunned the rest of the field with 15 minutes to go when he stripped half a second off Lorenzo’s top time, and the LCR Honda man looked on course for his first-ever premier-class pole when he again improved on that.

However, his 2’03.434 was eventually the second fastest time as Lorenzo took pole back, and the Frenchman was left to be satisfied with his first front row start since Assen 2007. In trying to reclaim pole, De Puniet also experienced a crash right at the end of the session as he pushed hard, injuring his right thumb in the process with a deep cut.

Completing the front row will be Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa who was 0.152s further back. The Spaniard set his fastest lap on his penultimate lap of the circuit, before also crashing out at Brooklands corner, which saw him stretchered off the side of the track.

X-rays at the medical centre confirmed that Pedrosa had only suffered bruising to his left and right knees after the bike ran over his legs, and luckily he will be able to take his position on the starting grid on Sunday.

Leading the second row will be another Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso, who was four-tenths of a second off his team-mate’s pace and the final rider to get within a second of Lorenzo (+0.687s). Ducati duo Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner had just 0.062s between them as they took fifth and sixth spots on the grid respectively.

The top ten in the session was completed by Ben Spies (Monster Yamaha Tech3), San Carlo Honda Gresini pair Marco Melandri and Marco Simoncelli, and Spies’ team-mate Colin Edwards. Sunday’s MotoGP race will start at 1pm local time.

MotoGP Grid

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 99 Jorge

LORENZO

SPA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 317.6 2’03.308
2 14 Randy DE

PUNIET

FRA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 320.1 2’03.434 0.126 / 0.126
3 26 Dani

PEDROSA

SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 323.9 2’03.586 0.278 / 0.152
4 4 Andrea

DOVIZIOSO

ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 322.0 2’03.995 0.687 / 0.409
5 69 Nicky

HAYDEN

USA Ducati Team Ducati 316.9 2’04.332 1.024 / 0.337
6 27 Casey

STONER

AUS Ducati Team Ducati 319.2 2’04.394 1.086 / 0.062
7 11 Ben SPIES USA Monster

Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha 313.9 2’04.477 1.169 /

0.083

8 33 Marco

MELANDRI

ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 321.9 2’04.555 1.247 / 0.078
9 58 Marco

SIMONCELLI

ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 315.7 2’04.868 1.560 / 0.313
10 5 Colin

EDWARDS

USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 313.3 2’05.035 1.727 / 0.167
11 40 Hector

BARBERA

SPA Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati 319.1 2’05.354 2.046 / 0.319
12 7 Hiroshi

AOYAMA

JPN Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda 320.5 2’05.712 2.404 / 0.358
13 41 Aleix

ESPARGARO

SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 315.4 2’05.748 2.440 / 0.036
14 65 Loris

CAPIROSSI

ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 317.9 2’05.821 2.513 / 0.073
15 19 Alvaro

BAUTISTA

SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 316.8 2’06.607 3.299 / 0.786
16 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Pramac

Racing Team

Ducati 312.9 2’06.980 3.672 /

0.373

Sliverstone: Moto2 Starting Grid

The Forward Racing team were celebrating a qualification one-two in Moto2 as Claudio Corti and Jules Cluzel took the top spots for Sunday’s Moto2 race at Silverstone. Corti’s first World Championship pole in just his fifth race was secured with a best lap of 2’09.624, making him the first rider under to go under 2’10” this weekend.

Cluzel was 0.413s off his team-mate’s pace as the Frenchman achieved his third successive front row grid position this season. Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) – 0.376s further back – and Julián Simón (Mapfre Aspar) were separated by just six-thousandths of a second as they completed an all Suter front row.

Yonny Hernández’s impressive weekend continued as the Blusens-STX rider set the fifth best time, and another rider who has stood out is Xavier Simeon. Riding as a replacement on the Holiday Gym G22 team the Belgian qualified with the sixth best time. Alex Baldolini (Caretta Technology Race Dept) and Arne Tode (Racing Team Germany) also put in strong displays to take second-row slots.

British rider Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team) will be on the third row having placed 12th, one place behind Shoya Tomizawa (Technomag-CIP) who is currently second in the World Championship standings. Leader Toni Elías (Gresini Racing Moto2) was 18th in the session.

Moto2 Grid

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1

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1 71 Claudio

CORTI

ITA Forward Racing Suter 271.1 2’09.624
2 16 Jules

CLUZEL

FRA Forward Racing Suter 269.1 2’10.037 0.413 / 0.413
3 65 Stefan

BRADL

GER Viessmann Kiefer Racing Suter 273.6 2’10.413 0.789 / 0.376
4 60 Julian

SIMON

SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 269.8 2’10.419 0.795 / 0.006
5 68 Yonny

HERNANDEZ

COL Blusens-STX BQR-Moto2 271.1 2’10.475 0.851 / 0.056
6 19 Xavier

SIMEON

BEL Holiday Gym G22 Moriwaki 269.6 2’10.492 0.868 / 0.017
7 25 Alex

BALDOLINI

ITA Caretta Technology Race Dept I.C.P. 272.4 2’10.578 0.954 / 0.086
8 41 Arne TODE GER Racing

Team Germany

Suter 271.8 2’10.634 1.010 /

0.056

9 12 Thomas

LUTHI

SWI Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2 Moriwaki 271.9 2’10.654 1.030 / 0.020
10 10 Fonsi NIETO SPA Holiday

Gym G22

Moriwaki 269.1 2’10.668 1.044 /

0.014

11 48 Shoya

TOMIZAWA

JPN Technomag-CIP Suter 271.5 2’10.688 1.064 / 0.020
12 45 Scott

REDDING

GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Suter 268.8 2’10.768 1.144 / 0.080
13 77 Dominique

AEGERTER

SWI Technomag-CIP Suter 272.6 2’10.773 1.149 / 0.005
14 17 Karel

ABRAHAM

CZE Cardion AB Motoracing FTR 268.5 2’10.802 1.178 / 0.029
15 3 Simone

CORSI

ITA JIR Moto2 Motobi 269.6 2’10.821 1.197 / 0.019
16 29 Andrea

IANNONE

ITA Fimmco Speed Up Speed Up 270.3 2’10.846 1.222 / 0.025
17 6 Alex DEBON SPA Aeroport

de Castello – Ajo

FTR 273.1 2’10.864 1.240 /

0.018

18 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Gresini

Racing Moto2

Moriwaki 269.8 2’11.050 1.426 /

0.186

19 2 Gabor

TALMACSI

HUN Fimmco Speed Up Speed Up 273.6 2’11.177 1.553 / 0.127
20 80 Axel PONS SPA Tenerife

40 Pons

Pons Kalex 272.2 2’11.190 1.566 /

0.013

21 75 Mattia

PASINI

ITA JIR Moto2 Motobi 270.1 2’11.212 1.588 / 0.022
22 40 Sergio

GADEA

SPA Tenerife 40 Pons Pons Kalex 272.9 2’11.221 1.597 / 0.009
23 9 Kenny NOYES USA Jack

& Jones by A.Banderas

Promoharris 270.1 2’11.410 1.786 / 0.189
24 14 Ratthapark

WILAIROT

THA Thai Honda PTT Singha SAG Bimota 271.4 2’11.421 1.797 / 0.011
25 52 Lukas PESEK CZE Matteoni

CP Racing

Moriwaki 270.3 2’11.457 1.833 /

0.036

26 59 Niccolo

CANEPA

ITA RSM Team Scot Force GP210 265.5 2’11.461 1.837 / 0.004
27 44 Roberto

ROLFO

ITA Italtrans S.T.R. Suter 268.7 2’11.537 1.913 / 0.076
28 76 Bernat

MARTINEZ

SPA Maquinza-SAG Team Bimota 265.0 2’11.613 1.989 / 0.076
29 39 Robertino

PIETRI

VEN Italtrans S.T.R. Suter 270.9 2’11.684 2.060 / 0.071
30 54 Kev COGHLAN GBR Monlau

Joey Darcey

FTR 276.9 2’11.694 2.070 /

0.010

31 63 Mike DI

MEGLIO

FRA Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 271.6 2’11.815 2.191 / 0.121
32 55 Hector

FAUBEL

SPA Marc VDS Racing Team Suter 273.1 2’11.948 2.324 / 0.133
33 8 Anthony

WEST

AUS MZ Racing Team MZ-RE Honda 269.4 2’12.052 2.428 / 0.104
34 61 Vladimir

IVANOV

UKR Gresini Racing Moto2 Moriwaki 269.7 2’12.167 2.543 / 0.115
35 5 Joan OLIVE SPA Jack

& Jones by A.Banderas

Promoharris 268.3 2’12.340 2.716 / 0.173
36 35 Raffaele

DE ROSA

ITA Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 272.1 2’12.360 2.736 / 0.020
37 96 Anthony

DELHALLE

FRA Blusens-STX BQR-Moto2 268.9 2’12.502 2.878 / 0.142
38 72 Yuki

TAKAHASHI

JPN Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 273.0 2’12.568 2.944 / 0.066
39 53 Valentin

DEBISE

FRA WTR San Marino Team ADV 272.6 2’13.106 3.482 / 0.538
40 21 Vladimir

LEONOV

RUS Vector Kiefer Racing Suter 267.3 2’13.240 3.616 / 0.134
15 Alex DE

ANGELIS

RSM RSM Team Scot Force GP210

Silverstone: 125cc GP Starting Grid

Marc Márquez will start the 125cc race from pole position on Sunday after topping qualifying at Silverstone, a best time of 2’14.667 on his final lap of the 40-minute session securing him his third pole of the 2010 campaign.

The late effort from Márquez pushed him in front of home rider Bradley Smith (Bancaja Aspar), who had become the first 125cc rider of the weekend to go under 2’15” with his 2’14.966 on his penultimate lap. That placed the Brit second, 0.146s ahead of Pol Espargaró (Tuenti Racing), with Championship leader Nico Terol (Bancaja Aspar) nine-tenths off Márquez’s pace as he completed the front row.

Johann Zarco (WTR San Marino Team), Esteve Rabat (Blusens-STX), Tomoyoshi Koyama (Racing Team Germany) and British rider Danny Webb (Andalucia Cajasol) will all start from the second row as they placed fifth to eighth in the session.

125 Grid

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1

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1 93 Marc

MARQUEZ

SPA Red Bull Ajo Motorsport Derbi 232.4 2’14.667
2 38 Bradley

SMITH

GBR Bancaja Aspar Team Aprilia 228.7 2’14.966 0.299 / 0.299
3 44 Pol

ESPARGARO

SPA Tuenti Racing Derbi 232.9 2’15.112 0.445 / 0.146
4 40 Nicolas

TEROL

SPA Bancaja Aspar Team Aprilia 232.4 2’15.571 0.904 / 0.459
5 14 Johann

ZARCO

FRA WTR San Marino Team Aprilia 225.8 2’16.208 1.541 / 0.637
6 12 Esteve

RABAT

SPA Blusens-STX Aprilia 228.9 2’16.425 1.758 / 0.217
7 71 Tomoyoshi

KOYAMA

JPN Racing Team Germany Aprilia 225.9 2’16.660 1.993 / 0.235
8 99 Danny WEBB GBR Andalucia

Cajasol

Aprilia 227.6 2’16.689 2.022 /

0.029

9 7 Efren

VAZQUEZ

SPA Tuenti Racing Derbi 229.2 2’16.714 2.047 / 0.025
10 35 Randy

KRUMMENACHER

SWI Stipa-Molenaar Racing GP Aprilia 227.1 2’16.918 2.251 / 0.204
11 11 Sandro

CORTESE

GER Avant Mitsubishi Ajo Derbi 227.3 2’17.192 2.525 / 0.274
12 23 Alberto

MONCAYO

SPA Andalucia Cajasol Aprilia 227.5 2’17.248 2.581 / 0.056
13 39 Luis SALOM SPA Stipa-Molenaar

Racing GP

Aprilia 229.6 2’17.406 2.739 /

0.158

14 53 Jasper

IWEMA

NED CBC Corse Aprilia 229.5 2’17.669 3.002 / 0.263
15 15 Simone

GROTZKYJ

ITA Fontana Racing Aprilia 227.2 2’17.873 3.206 / 0.204
16 50 Sturla

FAGERHAUG

NOR AirAsia – Sepang Int. Circuit Aprilia 224.8 2’18.212 3.545 / 0.339
17 26 Adrian

MARTIN

SPA Aeroport de Castello – Ajo Aprilia 227.9 2’18.832 4.165 / 0.620
18 5 Alexis

MASBOU

FRA Ongetta Team Aprilia 225.2 2’18.948 4.281 / 0.116
19 69 Louis ROSSI FRA CBC

Corse

Aprilia 222.2 2’19.090 4.423 /

0.142

20 78 Marcel

SCHROTTER

GER Interwetten Honda 125 Honda 223.4 2’19.299 4.632 / 0.209
21 84 Jakub

KORNFEIL

CZE Racing Team Germany Aprilia 2’19.320 4.653 / 0.021
22 63 Zulfahmi

KHAIRUDDIN

MAL AirAsia – Sepang Int. Circuit Aprilia 220.9 2’20.480 5.813 / 1.160
23 32 Lorenzo

SAVADORI

ITA Matteoni CP Racing Aprilia 221.4 2’20.583 5.916 / 0.103
24 94 Jonas

FOLGER

GER Ongetta Team Aprilia 221.4 2’20.936 6.269 / 0.353
25 60 Michael

VAN DER MARK

NED Lambretta Reparto Corse Lambretta 222.4 2’20.989 6.322 / 0.053
26 75 Deane BROWN GBR Colin

Appleyard/Macadam Racing

Honda 218.1 2’21.967 7.300 /

0.978

27 73 Taylor

MACKENZIE

GBR KRP Honda 222.4 2’21.988 7.321 / 0.021
28 87 Luca

MARCONI

ITA Ongetta Team Aprilia 221.8 2’22.073 7.406 / 0.085
29 52 Danny KENT GBR Aztec

Grand Prix

Honda 213.2 2’22.279 7.612 /

0.206

30 72 Marco

RAVAIOLI

ITA Lambretta Reparto Corse Lambretta 220.6 2’22.773 8.106 / 0.494
31 74 James LODGE GBR RS

Earnshaws Motorcycles

Honda 212.8 2’22.885 8.218 /

0.112

77 Andrew REID IRL Aztec

Grand Prix

Honda 203.5 2’26.896 12.229 /

4.011

Ron Lieback
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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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