MotoGP: Close Qualifying at Donington Park

07/25/2009 @ 4:05 pm, by Jensen Beeler2 COMMENTS

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With this being MotoGP’s last stop at Donington for the foreseeable future, the British venue seems to be putting its best foot forward. Agreeable weather, rabid fans, and close qualifying makes Sunday’s race and send off that much more enjoyable. It won’t be all clear skies though, Sunday’s weather forecast is showing some rain, and undoubtedly riders are practicing their bike swapping out in their minds.

Fiat-Yamaha continues to be the standard in the paddock, with Rossi grabbing another pole position, and Lorenzo just barely losing his second place start to Dani Pedrosa in the closing minutes of the qualifying session. The Ducati’s showed a particular disagreement with the course, struggling to find a proper setup. While Casey Stoner managed a 4th place spot on the grid, the rest of the Ducatisi are 4th row and back.

Results from Qualifying at the British GP at Donington Park:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff. Prev.
1 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1’28.116
2 3 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1’28.211 0.095 0.095
3 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1’28.402 0.286 0.191
4 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 1’28.446 0.330 0.044
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1’28.778 0.662 0.332
6 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1’28.865 0.749 0.087
7 33 Marco MELANDRI KAWASAKI 1’29.065 0.949 0.200
8 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 1’29.175 1.059 0.110
9 52 James TOSELAND YAMAHA 1’29.270 1.154 0.095
10 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1’29.434 1.318 0.164
11 36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 1’29.599 1.483 0.165
12 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 1’29.600 1.484 0.001
13 7 Chris VERMEULEN SUZUKI 1’30.098 1.982 0.498
14 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1’30.153 2.037 0.055
15 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1’30.268 2.152 0.115
16 88 Niccolo CANEPA DUCATI 1’30.572 2.456 0.304
17 41 Gabor TALMACSI HONDA 1’31.193 3.077 0.621