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. 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 1st/Prev.
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 1st/Prev.
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