Motorcycle Racing News 2011 Laguna MotoGP: Qualifying Results

2011 Laguna MotoGP: Qualifying Results

2011 MotoGP

True champions never give up. And when you’re the reigning champion of the fastest motorcycle racing in the world, MotoGP, you simply can’t stop.

This was definitely the mind breath of Jorge Lorenzo as he throttled his Yamaha Factory Racing YZR-M1 to the pole position for tomorrow’s Red Bull USGP.

The Spaniard had suffered a hectic high-side during Free Practice 3, placing him third fastest in that session. But when qualifying arrived today (Saturday), Lorenzo set the pace for Sunday’s Laguna Seca MotoGP just 15 minutes into the session.

By the time the hour-long Laguna Seca qualifying session ended, Lorenzo posted a 1:21.202, giving him the front spot on the grid.

Joining Lorenzo on the front row will be the other men who dominated all three free practice sessions with reigning MotoGP Champion, the Repsol Honda duo of Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa, respectively. Stoner trailed Lorenzo by 0.072 of a second, with Pedrosa 0.183 of a second further back.

Although he had a qualifying crash in Turn 3, Lorenzo’s teammate Ben Spies will head the second row, the Texan 0.376 of a second behind Lorenzo’s pole time. Joining Spies on the second row will be San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Marco Simoncelli and the third and final Repsol Honda rider, Andrea Dovizioso.

After struggling throughout the free practice sessions at Laguna Seca, Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi posted a 1:22.235 to begin on the third row. Just 0.003 of a second behind was the second fastest Ducati, Mapfre Aspar Ducati’s Hector Barbera. Finishing off the second row for Sunday’s Laguna Seca MotoGP is Rossi’s teammate, Nicky Hayden.

The American Hayden crahsed at Rainey curve (Turn 9), but was able to quickly rejoin and take the final spot on the third row. Rounding out the top 10 was the Brit Cal Crutchlow on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha.

As for the Wildcard entry, American AMA Superbike pilot Ben Bostrom, he qualifyed 18th out of 18, 4.089 behind the pole-sitter Jorge Lorenzo.

2011 Laguna Seca MotoGP: Qualifying Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 261.8 1’21.202  
2. 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 265.6 1’21.274 0.072 / 0.072
3. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 262.1 1’21.385 0.183 / 0.111
4. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 261.2 1’21.578 0.376 / 0.193
5. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 260.9 1’21.696 0.494 / 0.118
6. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 260.6 1’21.731 0.529 / 0.035
7. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 262.8 1’22.235 1.033 / 0.504
8. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 263.5 1’22.238 1.036 / 0.003
9. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 261.9 1’22.271 1.069 / 0.033
10. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 261.1 1’22.385 1.183 / 0.114
11. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 257.7 1’22.520 1.318 / 0.135
12. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 256.9 1’22.669 1.467 / 0.149
13. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 261.4 1’22.893 1.691 / 0.224
14. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 258.6 1’22.937 1.735 / 0.044
15. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 254.7 1’22.961 1.759 / 0.024
16. 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 253.9 1’23.876 2.674 / 0.915
17. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 259.3 1’24.156 2.954 / 0.280
18. 23 Ben BOSTROM USA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 253.6 1’25.291 4.089 / 1.135

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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