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.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.99Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha306.81’55.799
2.35Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha303.31’55.9950.196 / 0.196
3.26Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda309.91’56.3270.528 / 0.332
4.11Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha305.61’56.3310.532 / 0.004
5.4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha307.51’56.5590.760 / 0.228
6.46Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati304.11’56.7350.936 / 0.176
7.6Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda306.01’56.8271.028 / 0.092
8.19Alvaro BAUTISTASPASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda305.91’57.0681.269 / 0.241
9.17Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati309.61’57.7731.974 / 0.705
10.14Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART291.21’57.8442.045 / 0.071
11.41Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART291.51’58.1532.354 / 0.309
12.68Yonny HERNANDEZCOLAvintia BlusensBQR286.51’59.0873.288 / 0.934
13.24Toni ELIASSPAPramac Racing TeamDucati306.51’59.1203.321 / 0.033
14.51Michele PIRROITASan Carlo Honda GresiniFTR285.11’59.3873.588 / 0.267
15.5Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingSuter291.21’59.8634.064 / 0.476
16.54Mattia PASINIITASpeed MasterART285.41’59.8654.066 / 0.002
17.77James ELLISONGBRPaul Bird MotorsportART287.32’00.3164.517 / 0.451
18.22Ivan SILVASPAAvintia BlusensBQR285.82’00.3294.530 / 0.013
19.9Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda272.02’00.8545.055 / 0.525