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.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