Motorcycle Racing News 2011 Catalunya MotoGP: Qualifying Results

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. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 321.3 1’42.413  
2. 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 327.4 1’42.429 0.016 / 0.016
3. 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 323.7 1’42.728 0.315 / 0.299
4. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 321.7 1’42.742 0.329 / 0.014
5. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 327.5 1’42.749 0.336 / 0.007
6. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 322.5 1’43.202 0.789 / 0.453
7. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 324.7 1’43.223 0.810 / 0.021
8. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 324.3 1’43.228 0.815 / 0.005
9. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 322.4 1’43.447 1.034 / 0.219
10. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 327.6 1’43.656 1.243 / 0.209
11. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 326.0 1’43.734 1.321 / 0.078
12. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 323.5 1’43.764 1.351 / 0.030
13. 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 322.0 1’44.068 1.655 / 0.304
14. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 325.5 1’44.510 2.097 / 0.442
15. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 322.6 1’45.661 3.248 / 1.151


Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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