2011 Assen MotoGP: Qualifying Results

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2011 MotoGP

For the second time since Catalunya MotoGP, San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Marco Simoncelli will start from the pole position.

The Italian edged out Yamaha Factory Racing’s Ben Spies Friday at Assen qualifying by a mere 0.009 of a second, with the current MotoGP points’ leader, Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner, a further 0.290 of a second behind Simoncelli.

This makes Simoncelli the fastest rider so far in Assen; on Thursday, he held off Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi in Free Practice 1, then the current MotoGP leader, Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner, in an extended Free Practice 2 due to the original session being canceled due to rain and oil on the track Thursday.

The second row for Saturday’s Assen TT MotoGP race will be headed by the reigning MotoGP Champion, Jorge Lorenzo on the Yamaha Factory Racing M1. Joining Lorenzo on the second row will be Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso, who was 0.101 of a second behind the Spaniard, and Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow, who is still healing from breaking his shoulder at Silverstone two weeks ago.

Qualigying seventh was Cardion AB Motoracing’s Karel Abraham, followed by Colin Edwards (Monster Tech 3 Yamaha), Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) and Randy de Puniet (Pramac Racing).

As for Rossi, the Italian couldn’t find a a proper setup for the new GP11.1 in the dry conditions. Valentino Rossi will start from 11th on the grid.

As for crashes, Pramac Racing Ducati’s Loris Capirossi and LCR Honda’s Toni Elias both crashed during Assen MotoGP qualifying.

The race action gets underway at 3 p.m. local time; stay clicked to UltimateMotorCycling.com for the results and team reports.

2011 Assen MotoGP: Qualifying Results

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.58Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda291.01’34.718
2.11Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha293.11’34.7270.009 / 0.009
3.27Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda298.71’35.0080.290 / 0.281
4.1Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha300.71’35.1430.425 / 0.135
5.4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda TeamHonda295.01’35.2440.526 / 0.101
6.35Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha291.31’35.3290.611 / 0.085
7.17Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati291.71’35.7421.024 / 0.413
8.5Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha294.51’35.8181.100 / 0.076
9.69Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati302.11’35.8661.148 / 0.048
10.14Randy DE PUNIETFRAPramac Racing TeamDucati300.21’36.4351.717 / 0.569
11.46Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati301.21’36.5641.846 / 0.129
12.7Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNRepsol Honda TeamHonda293.51’36.5801.862 / 0.016
13.8Hector BARBERASPAMapfre Aspar Team MotoGPDucati293.21’36.5901.872 / 0.010
14.19Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki300.11’36.8202.102 / 0.230
15.65Loris CAPIROSSIITAPramac Racing TeamDucati290.91’37.1302.412 / 0.310
16.24Toni ELIASSPALCR Honda MotoGPHonda282.21’37.6512.933 / 0.521
17.64Kousuke AKIYOSHIJPNSan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda281.31’39.0064.288 / 1.355