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. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’37.188
2 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’37.201 0.013 / 0.013
3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’37.289 0.101 / 0.088
4 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1’37.466 0.278 / 0.177
5 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1’37.723 0.535 / 0.257
6 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1’37.917 0.729 / 0.194
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’37.943 0.755 / 0.026
8 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1’38.006 0.818 / 0.063
9 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1’38.059 0.871 / 0.053
10 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 1’38.253 1.065 / 0.194
11 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1’38.265 1.077 / 0.012
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 1’39.353 2.165 / 1.088
13 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 1’39.398 2.210 / 0.045
14 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 1’39.586 2.398 / 0.188
15 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 1’40.029 2.841 / 0.443
16 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 1’40.225 3.037 / 0.196
17 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 1’40.387 3.199 / 0.162
18 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 1’40.964 3.776 / 0.577
19 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 1’41.394 4.206 / 0.430
20 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 1’41.486 4.298 / 0.092
21 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 1’41.490 4.302 / 0.004