MotoGP Catalunya: Final Qualifying Positions

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MotoGP Grid

Jorge Lorenzo put in a strong run at the end of qualifying to take pole position for Sunday’s Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya at Montmeló, coming out on top in an hour-long battle for MotoGP supremacy in the session.

The Fiat Yamaha motorcycle rider’s best time of 1’42.046 ended up placing him 0.364s clear, but only after top spot had changed hands a number of times.

Second position was Casey Stoner’s after the Ducati rider overcame what was a clear dissatisfaction with his bike to move up several places on his 19th of 21 laps. The Australian did snatch first spot with his time of 1’42.410, but only momentarily as Lorenzo hit back with his penultimate lap.

Completing the front row after another superb qualifying practice will be Randy de Puniet, and the LCR Honda rider’s consistency throughout the session was impressive.

The Frenchman led until ten minutes before the end when the battle heated up, eventually lapping a tiny 0.102s behind Stoner to make it three front-row starts in succession.

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa also made a late surge and he sat on the provisional front row for a few minutes before eventually finishing fourth, just eight hundredths of a second off De Puniet in a breathless final few laps.

Ben Spies also made a charge at the end of the session and improved his standing considerably, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider following up impressive work on his first viewing of the Catalunya circuit in free practice with fifth place on the starting grid.

Andrea Dovizioso completed the second row as he took his Repsol Honda round in the sixth best time.

Loris Capirossi will have been pleased with the marked improvement on the GSV-R of the Rizla Suzuki team as he placed seventh, with rookies Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini) and Álvaro Bautista (Rizla Suzuki) also taking third row places.

Bautista had been as high as fourth midway through the session but still took his best qualification so far this season.

Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) were 10th and 11th respectively as they were bumped down the order in the latter stages.

Their positions reflected a penalty applied to Aleix Espargaró (Pramac Ducati), who originally was classified eighth but had his fastest lap cancelled after having cut the corner between turns one and two.

The Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya MotoGP race gets underway at 2pm local time on Sunday.

MotoGP Qualifying Positions – Barcelona, Saturday, July 03, 2010

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Fiat
Yamaha Team
Yamaha 321.9 1’42.046
2 27 Casey STONER AUS Ducati
Team
Ducati 323.4 1’42.410 0.364 /
0.364
3 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA LCR
Honda MotoGP
Honda 322.6 1’42.512 0.466 /
0.102
4 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol
Honda Team
Honda 326.8 1’42.592 0.546 /
0.080
5 11 Ben SPIES USA Monster
Yamaha Tech 3
Yamaha 319.5 1’42.710 0.664 /
0.118
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol
Honda Team
Honda 324.2 1’42.866 0.820 /
0.156
7 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla
Suzuki MotoGP
Suzuki 321.6 1’42.903 0.857 /
0.037
8 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San
Carlo Honda Gresini
Honda 322.8 1’42.994 0.948 /
0.091
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla
Suzuki MotoGP
Suzuki 327.2 1’43.025 0.979 /
0.031
10 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster
Yamaha Tech 3
Yamaha 316.4 1’43.059 1.013 /
0.034
11 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati
Team
Ducati 325.7 1’43.068 1.022 /
0.009
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Pramac
Racing Team
Ducati 321.3 1’43.380 1.334 /
0.312
13 40 Hector BARBERA SPA Paginas
Amarillas Aspar
Ducati 324.2 1’43.417 1.371 /
0.037
14 33 Marco MELANDRI ITA San
Carlo Honda Gresini
Honda 324.4 1’43.621 1.575 /
0.204
15 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Pramac
Racing Team
Ducati 324.0 1’43.685 1.639 /
0.064
16 64 Kousuke AKIYOSHI JPN Interwetten
Honda MotoGP
Honda 315.6 1’45.577 3.531 /
1.892
17 8 Wataru
YOSHIKAWA
JPN Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 317.2 1’45.759 3.713 / 0.182

Moto2 Grid

Having won twice this season from his two previous Moto2 pole position starts, Andrea Iannone will go for a third victory of 2010 from top spot on the grid on Sunday. The Italian’s time of 1’47.493 on his penultimate lap of the qualifying session meant he ended the hour 0.267s clear on the timesheet.

The closest rider to him was Tech 3 Moto2’s Yuki Takahashi as the Japanese took his best qualification of the season so far in second, with Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2) the third and final rider under the 1’48” mark as he remained strong in spite of his injured collarbone.

Championship leader Toni Elías (Gresini Racing Moto2) will complete the front row after setting the fourth best time of the session.

Second row positions were secured by Jules Cluzel (Forward Racing) and Carmelo Morales, who is riding as substitute for the injured Axel Pons on the Tenerife 40 Pons team this weekend.

Technomag-CIP rider Shoya Tomizawa – currently second in the Championship – will also be on row two despite a crash late in the session, with Ratthapark Wilairot (Thai Honda PTT Singha-SAG) completing the top eight.

Kenny Noyes (Jack&Jones by Antonio Banderas) and Roberto Rolfo (Italtrans STR) took top ten times, and British rider Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team) was 14th.

Moto2 Qualifying Positions – Barcelona, Saturday, July 3, 2010

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Fimmco
Speed Up
Speed Up 276.3 1’47.493
2 72 Yuki TAKAHASHI JPN Tech
3 Racing
Tech 3 280.2 1’47.760 0.267 /
0.267
3 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI Interwetten
Moriwaki Moto2
Moriwaki 275.9 1’47.973 0.480 /
0.213
4 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Gresini
Racing Moto2
Moriwaki 273.6 1’48.089 0.596 /
0.116
5 16 Jules CLUZEL FRA Forward
Racing
Suter 278.1 1’48.133 0.640 /
0.044
6 31 Carmelo MORALES SPA Tenerife
40 Pons
Pons Kalex 270.9 1’48.164 0.671 /
0.031
7 48 Shoya TOMIZAWA JPN Technomag-CIP Suter 272.9 1’48.192 0.699 / 0.028
8 14 Ratthapark
WILAIROT
THA Thai Honda PTT Singha SAG Bimota 274.0 1’48.224 0.731 / 0.032
9 9 Kenny NOYES USA Jack
& Jones by A.Banderas
Promoharris 273.3 1’48.291 0.798 / 0.067
10 44 Roberto ROLFO ITA Italtrans
S.T.R.
Suter 273.1 1’48.366 0.873 /
0.075
11 60 Julian SIMON SPA Mapfre
Aspar Team
Suter 274.1 1’48.373 0.880 /
0.007
12 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion
AB Motoracing
FTR 277.8 1’48.438 0.945 /
0.065
13 3 Simone CORSI ITA JIR
Moto2
Motobi 280.2 1’48.447 0.954 /
0.009
14 45 Scott REDDING GBR Marc
VDS Racing Team
Suter 270.9 1’48.480 0.987 /
0.033
15 55 Hector FAUBEL SPA Marc
VDS Racing Team
Suter 276.9 1’48.491 0.998 /
0.011
16 77 Dominique
AEGERTER
SWI Technomag-CIP Suter 275.9 1’48.495 1.002 / 0.004
17 10 Fonsi NIETO SPA Holiday
Gym G22
Moriwaki 275.2 1’48.563 1.070 /
0.068
18 40 Sergio GADEA SPA Tenerife
40 Pons
Pons Kalex 277.8 1’48.571 1.078 /
0.008
19 41 Arne TODE GER Racing
Team Germany
Suter 273.9 1’48.587 1.094 /
0.016
20 6 Alex DEBON SPA Aeroport
de Castello – Ajo
FTR 272.3 1’48.613 1.120 /
0.026
21 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Mapfre
Aspar Team
Suter 274.9 1’48.620 1.127 /
0.007
22 35 Raffaele DE ROSA ITA Tech
3 Racing
Tech 3 273.2 1’48.621 1.128 /
0.001
23 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Blusens-STX BQR-Moto2 266.3 1’48.640 1.147 / 0.019
24 52 Lukas PESEK CZE Matteoni
CP Racing
Moriwaki 274.4 1’48.677 1.184 /
0.037
25 18 Jordi TORRES SPA MR
Griful
Promoharris 268.5 1’48.745 1.252 /
0.068
26 25 Alex BALDOLINI ITA Caretta
Technology Race Dept
I.C.P. 275.7 1’48.803 1.310 /
0.058
27 4 Ricard CARDUS SPA Viessmann
Kiefer Racing
Suter 276.5 1’48.807 1.314 /
0.004
28 7 Dani RIVAS SPA MR
Griful
Promoharris 267.8 1’48.888 1.395 /
0.081
29 8 Anthony WEST AUS MZ
Racing Team
MZ-RE Honda 272.1 1’48.928 1.435 /
0.040
30 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM RSM
Team Scot
Force GP210 271.6 1’48.942 1.449 /
0.014
31 61 Vladimir IVANOV UKR Gresini
Racing Moto2
Moriwaki 273.8 1’49.036 1.543 /
0.094
32 2 Gabor TALMACSI HUN Fimmco
Speed Up
Speed Up 278.1 1’49.047 1.554 /
0.011
33 59 Niccolo CANEPA ITA RSM
Team Scot
Force GP210 271.0 1’49.131 1.638 /
0.084
34 19 Xavier SIMEON BEL Holiday
Gym G22
Moriwaki 269.9 1’49.169 1.676 /
0.038
35 76 Bernat MARTINEZ SPA Maquinza-SAG
Team
Bimota 265.6 1’49.188 1.695 /
0.019
36 11 Yusuke TESHIMA JPN JIR
Moto2
Motobi 274.9 1’49.209 1.716 /
0.021
37 71 Claudio CORTI ITA Forward
Racing
Suter 271.7 1’49.272 1.779 /
0.063
38 5 Joan OLIVE SPA Jack
& Jones by A.Banderas
Promoharris 268.7 1’49.314 1.821 / 0.042
39 53 Valentin DEBISE FRA WTR
San Marino Team
ADV 272.2 1’49.439 1.946 /
0.125
40 95 Mashel AL NAIMI QAT Blusens-STX BQR-Moto2 275.2 1’49.723 2.230 / 0.284
41 21 Vladimir LEONOV RUS Vector
Kiefer Racing
Suter 268.9 1’50.150 2.657 /
0.427
42 39 Robertino PIETRI VEN Italtrans
S.T.R.
Suter 271.2 1’50.183 2.690 /
0.033

125 GP Grid

Marc Márquez took pole position for the 125cc race in Barcelona – his third in a row – thanks to a qualifying lap of 1’50.543 on Saturday afternoon, as he turned his dominance in the two free practice sessions into a qualifying result. The young Spaniard was 0.266s faster than rival Pol Espargaró (Tuenti Racing), who secured second place on the grid for Sunday’s race.

British rider Bradley Smith was third as he showed no signs of any problems from a crash at the end of the morning practice session, and was a further 0.21s down on Espargaró. His Bancaja Aspar team-mate and current Championship leader Nico Terol completed the front row.

Sandro Cortese (Avant Mitsubishi Ajo), Tomoyoshi Koyama (Racing Team Germany), Esteve Rabat (Blusens-STX) and Efrén Vázquez (Tuenti Racing) completed the top eight and took places on the second row.

125 GP Qualifying Positions – Barcelona, Saturday, July 3, 2010

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Red
Bull Ajo Motorsport
Derbi 232.8 1’50.543
2 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Tuenti
Racing
Derbi 232.9 1’50.809 0.266 /
0.266
3 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Bancaja
Aspar Team
Aprilia 233.1 1’51.019 0.476 /
0.210
4 40 Nicolas TEROL SPA Bancaja
Aspar Team
Aprilia 234.9 1’51.066 0.523 /
0.047
5 11 Sandro CORTESE GER Avant
Mitsubishi Ajo
Derbi 230.3 1’51.546 1.003 /
0.480
6 71 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA JPN Racing
Team Germany
Aprilia 230.9 1’51.824 1.281 /
0.278
7 12 Esteve RABAT SPA Blusens-STX Aprilia 233.4 1’51.890 1.347 / 0.066
8 7 Efren VAZQUEZ SPA Tuenti
Racing
Derbi 233.2 1’51.951 1.408 /
0.061
9 5 Alexis MASBOU FRA Ongetta
Team
Aprilia 231.7 1’52.316 1.773 /
0.365
10 14 Johann ZARCO FRA WTR
San Marino Team
Aprilia 231.9 1’52.478 1.935 /
0.162
11 15 Simone GROTZKYJ ITA Fontana
Racing
Aprilia 232.2 1’52.538 1.995 /
0.060
12 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Ongetta
Team
Aprilia 229.3 1’52.580 2.037 /
0.042
13 23 Alberto MONCAYO SPA Andalucia
Cajasol
Aprilia 227.7 1’52.758 2.215 /
0.178
14 35 Randy
KRUMMENACHER
SWI Stipa-Molenaar Racing GP Aprilia 226.8 1’52.765 2.222 / 0.007
15 39 Luis SALOM SPA Stipa-Molenaar
Racing GP
Aprilia 230.6 1’52.801 2.258 /
0.036
16 99 Danny WEBB GBR Andalucia
Cajasol
Aprilia 232.0 1’52.861 2.318 /
0.060
17 50 Sturla
FAGERHAUG
NOR AirAsia – Sepang Int. Circuit Aprilia 227.2 1’52.884 2.341 / 0.023
18 63 Zulfahmi
KHAIRUDDIN
MAL AirAsia – Sepang Int. Circuit Aprilia 228.4 1’53.179 2.636 / 0.295
19 26 Adrian MARTIN SPA Aeroport
de Castello – Ajo
Aprilia 232.6 1’53.486 2.943 /
0.307
20 53 Jasper IWEMA NED CBC
Corse
Aprilia 226.8 1’53.525 2.982 /
0.039
21 55 Isaac VIÑALES SPA Catalunya
Racing Team
Aprilia 225.9 1’53.609 3.066 /
0.084
22 59 Johnny ROSELL SPA SAG
Castrol
Honda 225.0 1’53.824 3.281 /
0.215
23 78 Marcel
SCHROTTER
GER Interwetten Honda 125 Honda 228.0 1’54.055 3.512 / 0.231
24 69 Louis ROSSI FRA CBC
Corse
Aprilia 224.9 1’54.510 3.967 /
0.455
25 87 Luca MARCONI ITA Ongetta
Team
Aprilia 224.7 1’54.695 4.152 /
0.185
26 58 Joan PERELLO SPA SAG
Castrol
Honda 221.9 1’54.735 4.192 /
0.040
27 60 Michael VAN
DER MARK
NED Lambretta Reparto Corse Lambretta 221.8 1’55.157 4.614 / 0.422
28 84 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Racing
Team Germany
Aprilia 224.5 1’55.777 5.234 /
0.620
29 32 Lorenzo
SAVADORI
ITA Matteoni CP Racing Aprilia 223.6 1’56.211 5.668 / 0.434
30 72 Marco RAVAIOLI ITA Lambretta
Reparto Corse
Lambretta 216.9 1’56.544 6.001 /
0.333
31 17 Eduard LOPEZ SPA Catalunya
Racing Team
Aprilia 214.8 1’57.198 6.655 /
0.654
32 56 Peter SEBESTYEN HUN Right
Guard Racing
Aprilia 212.9 1’57.404 6.861 /
0.206