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Silverstone MotoGP: Qualifying Results

2011 MotoGP

Two significant things happened in Saturday’s qualifying for the 2011 Silverstone MotoGP: Casey Stoner took his fourth pole out of six rounds, shattering the track record, and Cal Crutchlow broke his collarbone.

With the threat of rain, Casey Stoner piloted his Repsol Honda RC212V to a new lap record of 2:02.020, over a second quicker than last year’s pole-record set by Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo.

Finishing the front row for Sunday’s AirAsia British Grand Prix was last week’s pole sitter Marco Simoncelli and the reigning MotoGP Champion, Jorge Lorenzo. Simoncelli was 0.188 of a second behind Stoner, with Lorenzo only 0.029 behind Simoncelli. Both Lorenzo and Simoncelli also posted laps under last year’s pole-record.

Starting at top of the second row is the American Ben Spies. The Yamaha Factory Racing rider posted a 2:02.677, and was followed by Stoner’s teammate Andrea Dovizioso. After a crash, Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati) posted the sixth-fastest time, taking the final spot on the second row.

Abraham’s Ducati was followed by another on the grid, Nicky Hayden. The American posted the seventh-fastest time aboard the Ducati Team GP11. He was joined on the third row by Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Colin Edwards, who is recovering from a broken collarbone at Catalunya, and the sole Suzuki rider, Rizla’s Alvaro Bautista on the GSV-R.

As for Valentino Rossi, the Ducati Team rider qualified 13th on the grid.

During qualifying, Crutchlow crashed his Monster Tech 3 on the second lap, breaking his left collarbone. The Brit will miss his home race at Silverstone. Due to the absence of Crutchlow and Dani Pedrosa, Sunday’s Silvestone MotoGP grid will only contain 15 riders.

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2011 Silverstone MotoGP: Qualifying Results

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 308.9 2’02.020  
2. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 306.6 2’02.208 0.188 / 0.188
3. 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 305.3 2’02.237 0.217 / 0.029
4. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 304.1 2’02.677 0.657 / 0.440
5. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 309.4 2’03.212 1.192 / 0.535
6. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 303.2 2’04.151 2.131 / 0.939
7. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 302.7 2’04.304 2.284 / 0.153
8. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 300.6 2’04.508 2.488 / 0.204
9. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 304.0 2’04.520 2.500 / 0.012
10. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 302.2 2’04.589 2.569 / 0.069
11. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 306.7 2’04.919 2.899 / 0.330
12. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 305.8 2’05.164 3.144 / 0.245
13. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 302.3 2’05.781 3.761 / 0.617
14. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 304.5 2’05.862 3.842 / 0.081
15. 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 304.2 2’06.256 4.236 / 0.394
16. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 297.1 2’07.911 5.891 / 1.655

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. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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