2011 Catalunya MotoGP: Qualifying Results

2011 MotoGP

After a week of controversy, things went very positive Saturday for San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Marco Simoncelli at Catalunya, round 5 of the 2011 MotoGP Championship.

The Italian, who was summoned Thursday by Race Direction for the Le Mans crash involving Dani Pedrosa, took a late charge during qualifying for Catalunya MotoGP, taking posting a 1:42.413 within the final 30 seconds of qualifying.

But the man who dominated all practice sessions wasn’t far behind – Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner. The Australian, who holds the best pole position from 2010 and the fastest lap at the Barcelona track, was only 0.016 of a second behind Simoncelli.

Completing the front row was the reigning MotoGP Champion and last year’s Catalunya winner, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo, who posted a 1:42.728.

Heading up the second row in MotoGP qualifying is the American Ben Spies on the other Yamaha Factory Racing M1. The Texan finished 0.014 of a second behind his teammate. Spies will be joined on the second row by Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow.

The third row starts with the Ducati Team MotoGP duo of Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden, respectively. The sole Suzuki rider on the grid, Alvaro Bautista, completes the third row, qualifying ninth.

Only 15 riders will start Sunday’s Catalunya MotoGP due to two riders out with injuries: Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, who broke his right collarbone in the controversial Le Mans crash with pole-sitter Simoncelli, and Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Colin Edwards, who broke his shoulder at free practice Friday.

2011 Catalunya MotoGP: Qualifying Results:

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.58Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda321.31’42.413 
2.27Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda327.41’42.4290.016 / 0.016
3.1Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha323.71’42.7280.315 / 0.299
4.11Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha321.71’42.7420.329 / 0.014
5.4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda TeamHonda327.51’42.7490.336 / 0.007
6.35Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha322.51’43.2020.789 / 0.453
7.46Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati324.71’43.2230.810 / 0.021
8.69Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati324.31’43.2280.815 / 0.005
9.19Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki322.41’43.4471.034 / 0.219
10.8Hector BARBERASPAMapfre Aspar Team MotoGPDucati327.61’43.6561.243 / 0.209
11.7Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNSan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda326.01’43.7341.321 / 0.078
12.14Randy DE PUNIETFRAPramac Racing TeamDucati323.51’43.7641.351 / 0.030
13.65Loris CAPIROSSIITAPramac Racing TeamDucati322.01’44.0681.655 / 0.304
14.24Toni ELIASSPALCR Honda MotoGPHonda325.51’44.5102.097 / 0.442
15.17Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati322.61’45.6613.248 / 1.151