Motorcycle Racing News 2011 MotoGP: Indy Quailfying Results

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. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 323.5 1’38.850
2. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 316.4 1’39.373 0.523 / 0.523
3. 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 316.3 1’39.629 0.779 / 0.256
4. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 320.0 1’39.947 1.097 / 0.318
5. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 320.3 1’40.024 1.174 / 0.077
6. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 314.4 1’40.098 1.248 / 0.074
7. 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 316.6 1’40.204 1.354 / 0.106
8. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 322.5 1’40.244 1.394 / 0.040
9. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 318.5 1’40.333 1.483 / 0.089
10. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 322.0 1’40.360 1.510 / 0.027
11. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 314.8 1’40.620 1.770 / 0.260
12. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 317.3 1’40.815 1.965 / 0.195
13. 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 319.8 1’40.925 2.075 / 0.110
14. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 318.2 1’40.975 2.125 / 0.050
15. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 319.2 1’41.030 2.180 / 0.055
16. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 317.5 1’41.085 2.235 / 0.055
17. 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 316.0 1’41.092 2.242 / 0.007

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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