MotoGP Silverstone: Starting Grids

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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.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
199Jorge
LORENZO
SPAFiat Yamaha TeamYamaha317.62’03.308
214Randy DE
PUNIET
FRALCR Honda MotoGPHonda320.12’03.4340.126 / 0.126
326Dani
PEDROSA
SPARepsol Honda TeamHonda323.92’03.5860.278 / 0.152
44Andrea
DOVIZIOSO
ITARepsol Honda TeamHonda322.02’03.9950.687 / 0.409
569Nicky
HAYDEN
USADucati TeamDucati316.92’04.3321.024 / 0.337
627Casey
STONER
AUSDucati TeamDucati319.22’04.3941.086 / 0.062
711Ben SPIESUSAMonster
Yamaha Tech 3
Yamaha313.92’04.4771.169 /
0.083
833Marco
MELANDRI
ITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda321.92’04.5551.247 / 0.078
958Marco
SIMONCELLI
ITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda315.72’04.8681.560 / 0.313
105Colin
EDWARDS
USAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha313.32’05.0351.727 / 0.167
1140Hector
BARBERA
SPAPaginas Amarillas AsparDucati319.12’05.3542.046 / 0.319
127Hiroshi
AOYAMA
JPNInterwetten Honda MotoGPHonda320.52’05.7122.404 / 0.358
1341Aleix
ESPARGARO
SPAPramac Racing TeamDucati315.42’05.7482.440 / 0.036
1465Loris
CAPIROSSI
ITARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki317.92’05.8212.513 / 0.073
1519Alvaro
BAUTISTA
SPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki316.82’06.6073.299 / 0.786
1636Mika KALLIOFINPramac
Racing Team
Ducati312.92’06.9803.672 /
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.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
171Claudio
CORTI
ITAForward RacingSuter271.12’09.624
216Jules
CLUZEL
FRAForward RacingSuter269.12’10.0370.413 / 0.413
365Stefan
BRADL
GERViessmann Kiefer RacingSuter273.62’10.4130.789 / 0.376
460Julian
SIMON
SPAMapfre Aspar TeamSuter269.82’10.4190.795 / 0.006
568Yonny
HERNANDEZ
COLBlusens-STXBQR-Moto2271.12’10.4750.851 / 0.056
619Xavier
SIMEON
BELHoliday Gym G22Moriwaki269.62’10.4920.868 / 0.017
725Alex
BALDOLINI
ITACaretta Technology Race DeptI.C.P.272.42’10.5780.954 / 0.086
841Arne TODEGERRacing
Team Germany
Suter271.82’10.6341.010 /
0.056
912Thomas
LUTHI
SWIInterwetten Moriwaki Moto2Moriwaki271.92’10.6541.030 / 0.020
1010Fonsi NIETOSPAHoliday
Gym G22
Moriwaki269.12’10.6681.044 /
0.014
1148Shoya
TOMIZAWA
JPNTechnomag-CIPSuter271.52’10.6881.064 / 0.020
1245Scott
REDDING
GBRMarc VDS Racing TeamSuter268.82’10.7681.144 / 0.080
1377Dominique
AEGERTER
SWITechnomag-CIPSuter272.62’10.7731.149 / 0.005
1417Karel
ABRAHAM
CZECardion AB MotoracingFTR268.52’10.8021.178 / 0.029
153Simone
CORSI
ITAJIR Moto2Motobi269.62’10.8211.197 / 0.019
1629Andrea
IANNONE
ITAFimmco Speed UpSpeed Up270.32’10.8461.222 / 0.025
176Alex DEBONSPAAeroport
de Castello – Ajo
FTR273.12’10.8641.240 /
0.018
1824Toni ELIASSPAGresini
Racing Moto2
Moriwaki269.82’11.0501.426 /
0.186
192Gabor
TALMACSI
HUNFimmco Speed UpSpeed Up273.62’11.1771.553 / 0.127
2080Axel PONSSPATenerife
40 Pons
Pons Kalex272.22’11.1901.566 /
0.013
2175Mattia
PASINI
ITAJIR Moto2Motobi270.12’11.2121.588 / 0.022
2240Sergio
GADEA
SPATenerife 40 PonsPons Kalex272.92’11.2211.597 / 0.009
239Kenny NOYESUSAJack
& Jones by A.Banderas
Promoharris270.12’11.4101.786 / 0.189
2414Ratthapark
WILAIROT
THAThai Honda PTT Singha SAGBimota271.42’11.4211.797 / 0.011
2552Lukas PESEKCZEMatteoni
CP Racing
Moriwaki270.32’11.4571.833 /
0.036
2659Niccolo
CANEPA
ITARSM Team ScotForce GP210265.52’11.4611.837 / 0.004
2744Roberto
ROLFO
ITAItaltrans S.T.R.Suter268.72’11.5371.913 / 0.076
2876Bernat
MARTINEZ
SPAMaquinza-SAG TeamBimota265.02’11.6131.989 / 0.076
2939Robertino
PIETRI
VENItaltrans S.T.R.Suter270.92’11.6842.060 / 0.071
3054Kev COGHLANGBRMonlau
Joey Darcey
FTR276.92’11.6942.070 /
0.010
3163Mike DI
MEGLIO
FRAMapfre Aspar TeamSuter271.62’11.8152.191 / 0.121
3255Hector
FAUBEL
SPAMarc VDS Racing TeamSuter273.12’11.9482.324 / 0.133
338Anthony
WEST
AUSMZ Racing TeamMZ-RE Honda269.42’12.0522.428 / 0.104
3461Vladimir
IVANOV
UKRGresini Racing Moto2Moriwaki269.72’12.1672.543 / 0.115
355Joan OLIVESPAJack
& Jones by A.Banderas
Promoharris268.32’12.3402.716 / 0.173
3635Raffaele
DE ROSA
ITATech 3 RacingTech 3272.12’12.3602.736 / 0.020
3796Anthony
DELHALLE
FRABlusens-STXBQR-Moto2268.92’12.5022.878 / 0.142
3872Yuki
TAKAHASHI
JPNTech 3 RacingTech 3273.02’12.5682.944 / 0.066
3953Valentin
DEBISE
FRAWTR San Marino TeamADV272.62’13.1063.482 / 0.538
4021Vladimir
LEONOV
RUSVector Kiefer RacingSuter267.32’13.2403.616 / 0.134
15Alex DE
ANGELIS
RSMRSM Team ScotForce 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.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
193Marc
MARQUEZ
SPARed Bull Ajo MotorsportDerbi232.42’14.667
238Bradley
SMITH
GBRBancaja Aspar TeamAprilia228.72’14.9660.299 / 0.299
344Pol
ESPARGARO
SPATuenti RacingDerbi232.92’15.1120.445 / 0.146
440Nicolas
TEROL
SPABancaja Aspar TeamAprilia232.42’15.5710.904 / 0.459
514Johann
ZARCO
FRAWTR San Marino TeamAprilia225.82’16.2081.541 / 0.637
612Esteve
RABAT
SPABlusens-STXAprilia228.92’16.4251.758 / 0.217
771Tomoyoshi
KOYAMA
JPNRacing Team GermanyAprilia225.92’16.6601.993 / 0.235
899Danny WEBBGBRAndalucia
Cajasol
Aprilia227.62’16.6892.022 /
0.029
97Efren
VAZQUEZ
SPATuenti RacingDerbi229.22’16.7142.047 / 0.025
1035Randy
KRUMMENACHER
SWIStipa-Molenaar Racing GPAprilia227.12’16.9182.251 / 0.204
1111Sandro
CORTESE
GERAvant Mitsubishi AjoDerbi227.32’17.1922.525 / 0.274
1223Alberto
MONCAYO
SPAAndalucia CajasolAprilia227.52’17.2482.581 / 0.056
1339Luis SALOMSPAStipa-Molenaar
Racing GP
Aprilia229.62’17.4062.739 /
0.158
1453Jasper
IWEMA
NEDCBC CorseAprilia229.52’17.6693.002 / 0.263
1515Simone
GROTZKYJ
ITAFontana RacingAprilia227.22’17.8733.206 / 0.204
1650Sturla
FAGERHAUG
NORAirAsia – Sepang Int. CircuitAprilia224.82’18.2123.545 / 0.339
1726Adrian
MARTIN
SPAAeroport de Castello – AjoAprilia227.92’18.8324.165 / 0.620
185Alexis
MASBOU
FRAOngetta TeamAprilia225.22’18.9484.281 / 0.116
1969Louis ROSSIFRACBC
Corse
Aprilia222.22’19.0904.423 /
0.142
2078Marcel
SCHROTTER
GERInterwetten Honda 125Honda223.42’19.2994.632 / 0.209
2184Jakub
KORNFEIL
CZERacing Team GermanyAprilia2’19.3204.653 / 0.021
2263Zulfahmi
KHAIRUDDIN
MALAirAsia – Sepang Int. CircuitAprilia220.92’20.4805.813 / 1.160
2332Lorenzo
SAVADORI
ITAMatteoni CP RacingAprilia221.42’20.5835.916 / 0.103
2494Jonas
FOLGER
GEROngetta TeamAprilia221.42’20.9366.269 / 0.353
2560Michael
VAN DER MARK
NEDLambretta Reparto CorseLambretta222.42’20.9896.322 / 0.053
2675Deane BROWNGBRColin
Appleyard/Macadam Racing
Honda218.12’21.9677.300 /
0.978
2773Taylor
MACKENZIE
GBRKRPHonda222.42’21.9887.321 / 0.021
2887Luca
MARCONI
ITAOngetta TeamAprilia221.82’22.0737.406 / 0.085
2952Danny KENTGBRAztec
Grand Prix
Honda213.22’22.2797.612 /
0.206
3072Marco
RAVAIOLI
ITALambretta Reparto CorseLambretta220.62’22.7738.106 / 0.494
3174James LODGEGBRRS
Earnshaws Motorcycles
Honda212.82’22.8858.218 /
0.112
77Andrew REIDIRLAztec
Grand Prix
Honda203.52’26.89612.229 /
4.011