MotoGP: Back to Business at Brno Qualifying

08/15/2009 @ 7:23 pm, by Jensen BeelerComments Off on MotoGP: Back to Business at Brno Qualifying

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After a two week hiatus, MotoGP is back to racing with a stop in the Czech Repubilc. Amongst the press conferences, and positioning for next year, the riders actually made it out to the track to qualify for Sunday’s race. The masters of two-wheels clearly used their break to hone their game, and for the first time a pole position record was broken since the introduction of the one-tire rule.

It should surprise no one that the man that accomplished that feat was The Doctor himself, Valentino Rossi. Set on fending off teammate Jorge Lorenzo, who was showing strong times all week in the practice sessions, Rossi took his third consecutive pole position this season, despite finding the gravel trap with only a few minutes remaining in the qualifying sesssion.

Unable to catch Rossi in the closing minutes, Lorenzo will start behind Rossi, qualifying only .05 seconds behind the Italian. As we’ve been seeing all season, you can expect another great battle between the Fiat Yamaha riders come Sunday.

Hoping to join the fray, Dani Pedrosa will join the Yamahas on the front-row, qualifying just under four tenths of second behind Rossi. With Casey Stoner out of the picture for the next 3 races, Pedrosa seems to be the only obvious competition for the Fiat Yamaha pair.

Toni Elias and Colin Edwards will make up the 4th and 5th spots respectively, with the rest of the field nearly a second or more behind Rossi’s pole setting lap.

Results from Qualifying at Czech GP at Brno:

PosNo.RiderBikeTimeDiff
146Valentino ROSSIYAMAHA1’56.145
299Jorge LORENZOYAMAHA1’56.1950.0500.050
33Dani PEDROSAHONDA1’56.5280.3830.333
424Toni ELIASHONDA1’56.8170.6720.289
55Colin EDWARDSYAMAHA1’56.9540.8090.137
64Andrea DOVIZIOSOHONDA1’57.1080.9630.154
715Alex DE ANGELISHONDA1’57.7751.6300.667
869Nicky HAYDENDUCATI1’57.8031.6580.028
965Loris CAPIROSSISUZUKI1’57.8111.6660.008
1036Mika KALLIODUCATI1’57.9941.8490.183
117Chris VERMEULENSUZUKI1’58.0871.9420.093
1288Niccolo CANEPADUCATI1’58.2082.0630.121
1314Randy DE PUNIETHONDA1’58.2982.1530.090
1452James TOSELANDYAMAHA1’58.3312.1860.033
1533Marco MELANDRIKAWASAKI1’58.4772.3320.146
1684Michel FABRIZIODUCATI1’58.6802.5350.203
1741Gabor TALMACSIHONDA1’58.7492.6040.069

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