MotoGP: Close Qualifying at Donington Park

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


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:

PosNo.RiderBikeTimeDiffDiff. Prev.
146Valentino ROSSIYAMAHA1’28.116
23Dani PEDROSAHONDA1’28.2110.0950.095
399Jorge LORENZOYAMAHA1’28.4020.2860.191
427Casey STONERDUCATI1’28.4460.3300.044
54Andrea DOVIZIOSOHONDA1’28.7780.6620.332
65Colin EDWARDSYAMAHA1’28.8650.7490.087
733Marco MELANDRIKAWASAKI1’29.0650.9490.200
824Toni ELIASHONDA1’29.1751.0590.110
952James TOSELANDYAMAHA1’29.2701.1540.095
1014Randy DE PUNIETHONDA1’29.4341.3180.164
1136Mika KALLIODUCATI1’29.5991.4830.165
1215Alex DE ANGELISHONDA1’29.6001.4840.001
137Chris VERMEULENSUZUKI1’30.0981.9820.498
1465Loris CAPIROSSISUZUKI1’30.1532.0370.055
1569Nicky HAYDENDUCATI1’30.2682.1520.115
1688Niccolo CANEPADUCATI1’30.5722.4560.304
1741Gabor TALMACSIHONDA1’31.1933.0770.621