2011 MotoGP: Indy Quailfying Results

2011 MotoGP

For a man who calls Indianapolis Motor Speedway his “least favorite” circuit on the 2011 MotoGP Championship schedule, Casey Stoner couldn’t be touched Saturday.

En route to his seventh pole position of the year, Repsol Honda’s Stoner not only contradicted his views towards the American circuit, but also set a new pole record of 1:38.850. Stoner beat out last year’s pole sitter, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Ben Spies, by 0.523 of a second.

Taking the final spot on the front row will be Spies’ teammate, Jorge Lorenzo, who was the final person to post within a second of Stoner for the Red Bull MotoGP at the famed Brickyard, a 2.6-mile circuit that had its turns 5 through 16 repaved this summer due to bumps.

Heading up the second row will be Stoner’s teammate Dani Pedrosa, followed by the third Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso. The American Colin Edwards took the final second-row spot aboard the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha YZR-M1; Edwards was 1.248 seconds slower than Stoner.

San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Marco Simoncelli will began Sunday’s Red Bull Indy GP from the top of the third row, joined by Ducat Team’s Nicky Hayden and Rizla Suzuki’s Alvaro Bautista.

As for Valentino Rossi, the Ducati Team rider crashed early in qualifying, but finished the session on his backup GP11. Ducati reports that Rossi didn’t get the bike dialed in, the nine-time World Champion qualifying 14th.

The 17-rider MotoGP grid will be back on Indy at 9:50 a.m. (CDT) Sunday for Warm Up Practice, followed by the race at 2 p.m. SPEED TV will broadcast the Red Bull Indy GP live starting at 2 p.m.

2011 Indy MotoGP Qualifying Results

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.27Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda323.51’38.850
2.11Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha316.41’39.3730.523 / 0.523
3.1Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha316.31’39.6290.779 / 0.256
4.26Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda320.01’39.9471.097 / 0.318
5.4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda TeamHonda320.31’40.0241.174 / 0.077
6.5Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha314.41’40.0981.248 / 0.074
7.58Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda316.61’40.2041.354 / 0.106
8.69Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati322.51’40.2441.394 / 0.040
9.19Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki318.51’40.3331.483 / 0.089
10.8Hector BARBERASPAMapfre Aspar Team MotoGPDucati322.01’40.3601.510 / 0.027
11.35Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha314.81’40.6201.770 / 0.260
12.14Randy DE PUNIETFRAPramac Racing TeamDucati317.31’40.8151.965 / 0.195
13.7Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNSan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda319.81’40.9252.075 / 0.110
14.46Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati318.21’40.9752.125 / 0.050
15.24Toni ELIASSPALCR Honda MotoGPHonda319.21’41.0302.180 / 0.055
16.17Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati317.51’41.0852.235 / 0.055
17.65Loris CAPIROSSIITAPramac Racing TeamDucati316.01’41.0922.242 / 0.007