Motorcycle Racing News Germany MotoGP: Qualifying Results

Germany MotoGP: Qualifying Results

2011 MotoGP

Although he finished in the top four at all three free practice sessions for this weekend’s Sachsenring MotoGP in Germany, Casey Stoner catch the riders on top.

But this wasn’t the case in qualifying for Round 9. Far from the case, actually. During Saturday’s qualifying session, the Australian piloted his Repsol Honda RC212V to his sixth pole of the season.

Stoner set a blistering lap of 1:21.681, which became the new fastest lap at Sachsenring. And nobody could catch him. His teammate Dani Pedrosa tried, but last year’s Sachsenring winner took second on the grid 0.252 of a second behind Stoner.

Taking the final spot on the German front row was the reigning MotoGP Champion, Jorge Lorenzo. The Spaniard posted a 1:21.933, which was 0.263 of a second slower than Stoner.

The man who lead the opening two free practice sessions, San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Marco Simoncelli, heads up the second row. The Italian was only 0.010 of a second behind Lorenzo. Joining Simoncelli on the second row will be Ben Spies (Yamaha Factory Racing YZR-M1) and Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda RC212V).

As for Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi, he will have his worst start of the 2011 MotoGP season. The Italian finished qualifying for Sachsenring in 16th place on the last row. Rossi experienced a rough crash in FP1 that upset his shoulder, and then could only finish 12th fastest in FP2 and FP3.

The Sachsenring MotoGP is set for 2 p.m. local time Sunday.

2011 Sachsenring MotoGP Qualifying Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 283.4 1’21.681  
2. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 283.8 1’21.933 0.252 / 0.252
3. 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 279.2 1’21.944 0.263 / 0.011
4. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 279.2 1’21.954 0.273 / 0.010
5. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 275.6 1’22.056 0.375 / 0.102
6. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 283.1 1’22.157 0.476 / 0.101
7. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 276.6 1’22.368 0.687 / 0.211
8. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 277.6 1’22.388 0.707 / 0.020
9. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 274.8 1’22.503 0.822 / 0.115
10. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 279.9 1’22.604 0.923 / 0.101
11. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 279.5 1’22.676 0.995 / 0.072
12. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 274.5 1’22.676 0.995
13. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 273.7 1’23.164 1.483 / 0.488
14. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 280.2 1’23.201 1.520 / 0.037
15. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 280.2 1’23.248 1.567 / 0.047
16. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 279.1 1’23.320 1.639 / 0.072
17. 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 273.8 1’24.707 3.026 / 1.387


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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