MotoGP, Moto2 & 125cc Sachsenring Qualifying Wrap Up

July 17, 2011

MotoGP

By MotoGP.com

A best lap of 1’21.681 in qualifying on Saturday secured Casey Stoner pole position for Sunday’s eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland at the Sachsenring circuit, with Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo following the Australian onto the front row.

Repsol Honda rider Stoner secured his sixth pole of the 2011 season as he put in a best lap 0.252s ahead of team-mate and two-time premier class winner at the Sachsenring circuit, Dani Pedrosa. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing) led the session at the 40 minute mark, to finally post his best lap of 1’21.933 to take the final front row spot by the end of the hour.

Perfect conditions at the German circuit allowed the MotoGP class riders to post their best times of the weekend, with Stoner the first rider to break 1’22” with 16 minutes remaining, followed by Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team) then Pedrosa, and finally Lorenzo, who was the final rider to post a time inside the 1’21s.

Simoncelli’s time of 1’21.954 put him in fourth place and this is only the third time this season the Italian has not qualified on the front row. Joining 24 year-old Simoncelli on row two is Ben Spies (Yamaha Factory Racing), who finished eighth last year in Germany, with a time of 1’22.056. The American was followed by Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda), who is still looking for his first podium at Sachsenring, his best finish thus far at the circuit a fifth.

Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) heads up the third row after posting his best lap of 1’22.368. Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team), who finished seventh in 2010, joins Edwards after timing in eighth quickest, while Randy de Puniet (Pramac Racing) completes row three with a best time of 1’22.503 and Álvaro Bautista (Rizla Suzuki) completes the top ten riders.

Héctor Barberá (Mapfre Aspar) will start from eleventh, ahead of Cal Crutchlow (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), whose challenging first weekend at Sachsenring included crashing out of ninth place in the final minutes of the session, to finally end up 12th on the grid. Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team) finished the session down in 16th, with Loris Capirossi’s substitute on the Pramac Racing team, Sylvain Guintoli, in 17th

Moto2:

Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol rider Marc Márquez clinched the third pole position of his Moto2 career ahead of Sunday’s race at the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, chased by Stefan Bradl and Aleix Espargaró.

Championship leader Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) held provisional pole in the first minutes of the qualifying session, but was moved to second when Espargaró (Pons HP 40) took the lead. Espargaró then dominated the session until Márquez stole provisional pole in the last three minutes, then improved his time to cement the position with a lap time of 1’24.733. Meanwhile the German rider, who finished ninth in his home Moto2 race last year, improved his time in the last seconds to post a 1’24.862, just 0.038s quicker than Espargaró, moving the Spaniard into third spot on the grid.

With the top 25 riders all within one second of each other, the battles for the second and third row positions was stiff, with Italian rider Michele Pirro (Gresini Racing Moto2) landing the leading spot on the second row. Julián Simón (Mapfre Aspar) took fifth in a superb return to competition, with Alex de Angelis (JiR Moto2) completing the second row.

Third row is comprised of Belgian Xavier Simeon (Tech 3 B) and Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing), with Bradley Smith (Tech 3 Racing) taking the final spot before a fall at the end of the session.

Yonny Hernández (Blusens-STX), Max Neukirchner (MZ Racing) and Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2) make up the fourth row, while Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Racing), who was fastest in the morning session, crashed in the qualifying session but was able to re-enter and qualify 13th.

125cc:

Maverick Viñales will head the 125 grid after securing his third pole position of the season, with Héctor Faubel and Luis Salom joining the 16 year old on the front row. Viñales entered the qualifying session all guns blazing, jumping to the top of the pile ahead of Faubel, who had topped the times at the start.

Faubel responded to the youngster’s challenge to regain the lead at the halfway point and appeared capable of taking the pole until a high speed run off on his fast lap had him running through the gravel at the end of QP, handing the top spot to the Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team rider who set a time of 1’27.477.

Faubel’s best lap of 1’27.808 set before his run off was enough to secure him the second spot on the grid, with Luis Salom (RW Racing GP) 0.057s behind him in third. Nicolas Terol (Bankia Aspar), who was fastest in the previous three practice sessions though has never had a podium at the Sachsenring circuit, posted the fourth fastest time with a 1’27.992.

Sergio Gadea (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team) began the session with rear suspension problems, but he emerged later in the session to post a time that put him on the second row for the start of the race. Last year’s sixth place finisher Johann Zarco (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) took the last spot on the second row with a best lap of 1’28.178.

Efrén Vázquez (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo), heads the third row, joined by Alberto Moncayo (Team Andalucía Banca Cívica) and German rider Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport). Danny Kent (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport), Miguel Oliveira (Team Andalucía Banca Cívica) and Adrián Martín (Bankia Aspar) make up the fourth row.

German rider Sandro Cortese (Intact Racing Team Germany), who had run in the top ten all weekend crashed at the end of qualifying session, his earlier set best lap time leaving him in 15th position, just ahead of Danny Webb (Mahindra Racing) in 16th.

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