Jerez MotoGP: Yamaha’s Lorenzo on Pole

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2012 MotoGP Championship

For the first time all weekend, the 21-ride MotoGP grid was able to lap Jerez under dry conditions Sunday for qualifying.

And although he couldn’t top the times in the free practice sessions held under wet conditions, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo fought a back-and-fourth battle with his compatriot Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) to take the pole for Sunday’s Jerez MotoGP.

Lorenzo, who won the last two years at Jerez, secured the pole with a quickest final lap of 1:39.532. But Pedrosa, who led Free Practice 2 and 3, was only 0.132 of a second behind. But what’s more amazing is that these two were over a second ahead of the remaining riders.

Completing the front row is the American Nicky Hayden. The Ducati GP12 rider put in a surprise effort to take the third-spot, although he was 1.031 seconds slower than Lorenzo. As for Hayden’s teammate, Valentino Rossi, who has won at Jerez eight times, the nine-time World Champion will start from 13th on the grid, 3.429 seconds behind his former teammate Lorenzo.

Heading up the second row is Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow, although he crashed at the end of the qualifying session. Crutchlow was just 0.007 of a second behind Hayden, and 1.045 seconds behind Lorenzo. Joining Crutchlow on the second row will be the reigning MotoGP Champion, Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda), and Lorenzo’s teammate, Ben Spies.

Making up row three will be Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Andrea Dovizioso, San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista and LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl, respectively. The top-qualifying CRT machine was the Power Electronics Aspar bike piloted by Randy de Puniet.

As for the top row, it’s the first time since the 2010 Valenica MotoGP that three separate manufacturers will start from the front.

SPEED TV will cover 2012 Jerez MotoGP at 8 a.m. EDT Sunday, April 29.

2012 Jerez MotoGP Qualifying Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 282.1 1’39.532
2. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 283.5 1’39.667 0.135 / 0.135
3. 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 282.3 1’40.563 1.031 / 0.896
4. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 281.7 1’40.570 1.038 / 0.007
5. 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 285.9 1’40.577 1.045 / 0.007
6. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 280.9 1’41.090 1.558 / 0.513
7. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 284.0 1’41.180 1.648 / 0.090
8. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 286.9 1’41.447 1.915 / 0.267
9. 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 287.3 1’41.550 2.018 / 0.103
10. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 265.6 1’41.700 2.168 / 0.150
11. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 284.2 1’41.724 2.192 / 0.024
12. 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 288.8 1’41.871 2.339 / 0.147
13. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 282.3 1’42.961 3.429 / 1.090
14. 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 267.7 1’43.135 3.603 / 0.174
15. 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 268.2 1’43.363 3.831 / 0.228
16. 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 266.5 1’44.308 4.776 / 0.945
17. 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 269.5 1’44.467 4.935 / 0.159
18. 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 257.4 1’44.645 5.113 / 0.178
19. 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 261.4 1’44.717 5.185 / 0.072
20. 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 264.8 1’45.724 6.192 / 1.007
21. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 264.5 1’46.200 6.668 / 0.476