Motorcycle Racing News 2011 MotoGP: Mugello Qualifying Results

2011 MotoGP: Mugello Qualifying Results

2011 MotoGP

In Free Practice 3 at Mugello, Jorge Lorenzo was the MotoGP rider dominating the grid, the Yamaha Factory Racing rider posting a new lap record.

But during qualifying, Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner topped Lorenzo’s time. En route to his 27th pole position, the fifth of the 2011 MotoGP Championship, the Australian set the new lap record of 1:48.034.

This was blistering fast, considering the man starting from second – the American Ben Spies – posted a 1:48.479. Spies, who took his maiden MotoGP victory at Assen last weekend, was followed by San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Marco Simoncelli. The Italian was a mere 0.006 of a second slower than Spies as he took the final spot on the front row.

Taking the top spot on the second row was Stoner’s Italian counterpart, Andrea Dovizioso. He posted a 1:48.694, and will be joined by Lorenzo, who was 0.062 of a second behind, and Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Colin Edwards; the Texan was 0.218 of a second slower than Lorenzo.

On the third row will be Edwards’ teammate Cal Crutchow, the final rider to post within a second of Stoner, Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa and Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden.

As for Valentino Rossi, the nine-time World Champion will start 12th aboard the GP.11.1.

2011 Mugello MotoGP: Qualifying Results

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 322.3 1’48.034  
2. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 319.2 1’48.479 0.445 / 0.445
3. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 321.0 1’48.485 0.451 / 0.006
4. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 324.8 1’48.694 0.660 / 0.209
5. 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 323.1 1’48.756 0.722 / 0.062
6. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 314.9 1’48.974 0.940 / 0.218
7. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 318.9 1’49.021 0.987 / 0.047
8. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 317.9 1’49.398 1.364 / 0.377
9. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 320.5 1’49.509 1.475 / 0.111
10. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 327.2 1’49.663 1.629 / 0.154
11. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 323.8 1’49.678 1.644 / 0.015
12. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 320.7 1’49.902 1.868 / 0.224
13. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 322.7 1’50.156 2.122 / 0.254
14. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 322.1 1’50.460 2.426 / 0.304
15. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 320.0 1’50.651 2.617 / 0.191
16. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 324.2 1’50.742 2.708 / 0.091

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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