Lorenzo: Record-Breaking Brno Pole

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2012 Brno MotoGP Qualifying Results

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo took his fourth pole of the 2012 MotoGP Championship following a record-breaking lap during qualifying at Brno for the 2012 Czech Republic Grand Prix.

Lorenzo, the current points leader, took the pole with a lap of 1:55.799, which was 0.196 of a second of Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow. Second place was the Brit’s best qualifying effort in MotoGP, though Crutchlow crashed midway through the session.

Completing the front row will be Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, who led all three practices but dropped his Honda RC213V at the beginning of qualifying. Pedrosa couldn’t match the time of the leading Yamaha’s, the Spaniard posting a 1:56.327, 0.528 of a second behind Lorenzo.

Heading up the second row will be Lorenzo’s teammate, Ben Spies. The Texan, who suffered mechanical failures at his two home rounds in Laguna Seca and Indy, was just missed a front-row start, qualifying 0.004 of a second behind Pedrosa.

Joining Spies on the second row will be future Ducati Team rider, Andrea Dovizioso, who had a technical issue with his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha, and Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi, who will be back on the factory Yamaha for the 2013/2014 MotoGP Championships. The sixth-place start was Rossi’s best qualifying efforts since joining Ducati in 2011.

LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl will start from seventh on top of the third row. The German will be joined by San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista and Cardion AB Racing Ducati’s Karel Abraham, who also hit the gravel trap on his Gp12.

Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy de Puniet, who also crashed in the session, will start from tenth, taking the top time for the CRT field. The only other rider to suffer an accident was San Carlo’s Michele Pirro, who like the others, walked away unscathed.

Missing from the grid will be Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner and Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden, both suffering injuries last week at qualifying for Indy MotoGP.

Catch all the Brno MotoGP action on SPEED TV, which will broadcast the race at 2 p.m. (EDT).

2012 Brno MotoGP Qualifying Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 306.8 1’55.799
2. 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 303.3 1’55.995 0.196 / 0.196
3. 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 309.9 1’56.327 0.528 / 0.332
4. 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 305.6 1’56.331 0.532 / 0.004
5. 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 307.5 1’56.559 0.760 / 0.228
6. 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 304.1 1’56.735 0.936 / 0.176
7. 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 306.0 1’56.827 1.028 / 0.092
8. 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 305.9 1’57.068 1.269 / 0.241
9. 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 309.6 1’57.773 1.974 / 0.705
10. 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 291.2 1’57.844 2.045 / 0.071
11. 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 291.5 1’58.153 2.354 / 0.309
12. 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 286.5 1’59.087 3.288 / 0.934
13. 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 306.5 1’59.120 3.321 / 0.033
14. 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 285.1 1’59.387 3.588 / 0.267
15. 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 291.2 1’59.863 4.064 / 0.476
16. 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 285.4 1’59.865 4.066 / 0.002
17. 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 287.3 2’00.316 4.517 / 0.451
18. 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 285.8 2’00.329 4.530 / 0.013
19. 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 272.0 2’00.854 5.055 / 0.525