2012 Estoril MotoGP: Stoner on Pole


2012 Estoril MotoGP Qualifying Results

Amid mostly sunny conditions near the Atlantic coast, it was Repsol Honda Team´s Casey Stoner who got his first pole position of the season in the MotoGP qualifying session for the Grande Prémio de Portugal Circuito Estoril ahead of teammate Dani Pedrosa.

In a frantic final four minutes, Stoner´s time of 1.37´188 was enough to oust Pedrosa into second place on the grid, who will be looking to repeat his win here last year. Finishing off the front row of the grid is Monster Yamaha Tech 3´s revelation of the season Cal Crutchlow, who secured his second front-row start in three races.

Heading the second row is Yamaha Factory Racing´s Jorge Lorenzo, who was very unhappy with his performance in the session, as it is the first time in his MotoGP career that he has not started on the front row at Estoril.

Behind him in fifth, his teammate Ben Spies left it late to put in his fast lap, after struggling with traffic throughout the session, which saw him almost collide with Speed Master´s Mattia Pasini. Rounding out the second row is San Carlo Honda Gresini´s Álvaro Bautista, who has been the quiet performer this weekend, getting ever more comfortable on his Honda. Seventh place went to Crutchlow´s teammate Andrea Dovizioso, who has been out-qualified by the Brit for the third time in a row.

Behind him, Pramac Racing´s Héctor Barberá took the honours for top Ducati in eighth place, in front of Ducati Team rider Valentino Rossi in ninth. While this position will be hardly satisfying for Rossi, he will take heart from being less than a second off the front. Rounding out the top ten is Rossi´s teammate Nicky Hayden, who could not repeat his front-row heroics from Jerez. Top CRT finisher was Power Electronics Aspar´s Aleix Espargaró in 12th.

The session was red flagged 11 minutes before the end as Power Electronics Aspar´s Randy de Puniet lost the front end of his bike, taking out Colin Edwards on his NGM Mobile Forward Racing bike. Edwards suffered a broken collarbone, while de Puniet has abrasion to one of his fingers and contusions to his left shoulder. The session was resumed shortly after. Avintia Blusens’ Iván Silva fortunately saved his near crash, by pulling off a tremendous save on his CRT bike late on in the session, as it tried to buck him off.

2012 Estoril MotoGP: Qualifying Results:

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
11Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda1’37.188
226Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda1’37.2010.013 / 0.013
335Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha1’37.2890.101 / 0.088
499Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha1’37.4660.278 / 0.177
511Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha1’37.7230.535 / 0.257
619Alvaro BAUTISTASPASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda1’37.9170.729 / 0.194
74Andrea DOVIZIOSOITAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha1’37.9430.755 / 0.026
88Hector BARBERASPAPramac Racing TeamDucati1’38.0060.818 / 0.063
946Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati1’38.0590.871 / 0.053
1069Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati1’38.2531.065 / 0.194
116Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda1’38.2651.077 / 0.012
1241Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART1’39.3532.165 / 1.088
1317Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati1’39.3982.210 / 0.045
1414Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART1’39.5862.398 / 0.188
1568Yonny HERNANDEZCOLAvintia BlusensBQR1’40.0292.841 / 0.443
1651Michele PIRROITASan Carlo Honda GresiniFTR1’40.2253.037 / 0.196
1754Mattia PASINIITASpeed MasterART1’40.3873.199 / 0.162
185Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingSuter1’40.9643.776 / 0.577
1977James ELLISONGBRPaul Bird MotorsportART1’41.3944.206 / 0.430
209Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda1’41.4864.298 / 0.092
2122Ivan SILVASPAAvintia BlusensBQR1’41.4904.302 / 0.004