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.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.27Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda283.41’21.681 
2.26Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda283.81’21.9330.252 / 0.252
3.1Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha279.21’21.9440.263 / 0.011
4.58Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda279.21’21.9540.273 / 0.010
5.11Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha275.61’22.0560.375 / 0.102
6.4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda TeamHonda283.11’22.1570.476 / 0.101
7.5Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha276.61’22.3680.687 / 0.211
8.69Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati277.61’22.3880.707 / 0.020
9.14Randy DE PUNIETFRAPramac Racing TeamDucati274.81’22.5030.822 / 0.115
10.19Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki279.91’22.6040.923 / 0.101
11.8Hector BARBERASPAMapfre Aspar Team MotoGPDucati279.51’22.6760.995 / 0.072
12.35Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha274.51’22.6760.995
13.17Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati273.71’23.1641.483 / 0.488
14.24Toni ELIASSPALCR Honda MotoGPHonda280.21’23.2011.520 / 0.037
15.7Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNSan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda280.21’23.2481.567 / 0.047
16.46Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati279.11’23.3201.639 / 0.072
17.50Sylvain GUINTOLIFRAPramac Racing TeamDucati273.81’24.7073.026 / 1.387