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. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 291.0 1’34.718
2. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 293.1 1’34.727 0.009 / 0.009
3. 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 298.7 1’35.008 0.290 / 0.281
4. 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 300.7 1’35.143 0.425 / 0.135
5. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 295.0 1’35.244 0.526 / 0.101
6. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 291.3 1’35.329 0.611 / 0.085
7. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 291.7 1’35.742 1.024 / 0.413
8. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 294.5 1’35.818 1.100 / 0.076
9. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 302.1 1’35.866 1.148 / 0.048
10. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 300.2 1’36.435 1.717 / 0.569
11. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 301.2 1’36.564 1.846 / 0.129
12. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Repsol Honda Team Honda 293.5 1’36.580 1.862 / 0.016
13. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 293.2 1’36.590 1.872 / 0.010
14. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 300.1 1’36.820 2.102 / 0.230
15. 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 290.9 1’37.130 2.412 / 0.310
16. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 282.2 1’37.651 2.933 / 0.521
17. 64 Kousuke AKIYOSHI JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 281.3 1’39.006 4.288 / 1.355