MotoGP: Lap Record Smashed in Qualifying at Silverstone

06/11/2011 @ 4:43 pm, by Jensen Beeler5 COMMENTS

With rainy weather looming for Sunday’s race, Saturday’s qualifying at Silverstone took place under otherwise favorable conditions with only a patchwork of clouds in the sky. This made conditions ripe for some record setting lap times, and several MotoGP riders were up to that very task.

With the MotoGP grid still without Dani Pedrosa, the ranks did swell with one more rider, as Colin Edwards returned to race after breaking his collarbone at the Catalan GP. The increase in numbers for the starting grid would not stay raised for long though, find out why after the jump.

It took on six minutes into qualifying for the Silverstone track to claim home hero Cal Crutchlow, who got caught out on cold tires, as the British rider had a minor highside and broke his collarbone in the fall. A disappointing start for the Brit, as locals were not only looking forward to cheering for the likable rider, but more so because Crutchlow scored his best result in Barcelona.

Back on the track, Casey Stoner lead the time sheets for the first 15 minutes of qualifying, then Marco Simoncelli set the fastest lap time ever recorded on Silverstone by a motorcycle, knocking Stoner off the top seat. Super Sic would in-turn be displaced by Jorge Lorenzo halfway through the session, though this would not last for long. Lorenzo qualified on the front row in third, while teammate Ben Spies quietly got himself onto the fourth place position.

Having a harder time of things compared to the leader, the Ducati contingency struggled with the British track, and Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden both expressed their desire for rain on Sunday to try and help even the playing field with their bikes’ deficiencies. At the top of the Italian bike heap was rookie Karel Abraham, making the British GP have at least a silver lining for the Czech rider. Hopefully Abraham can turn that starting position into one of his best race finishes as well.

As usual now, Casey Stoner set the fastest lap in qualifying, thus making a new track record of 2:02.02. He would be closely matched by Marco Simoncelli though, with the Italian answering each of Stoner’s lap increases throughout the session. Less than two tenths of a second behind the Australian, eyes will once again be trained on the San Carlos Gresini Honda rider come Sunday.

Qualifying Results from the British GP at Silverstone, England:

127Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda Team2’02.020
258Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda Gresini2’02.2080.188
31Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory Racing2’02.2370.217
411Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory Racing2’02.6770.657
54Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda Team2’03.2121.192
617Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB Motoracing2’04.1512.131
769Nicky HAYDENUSADucati Team2’04.3042.284
85Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 32’04.5082.488
919Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGP2’04.5202.500
1014Randy DE PUNIETFRAPramac Racing Team2’04.5892.569
117Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNSan Carlo Honda Gresini2’04.9192.899
128Hector BARBERASPAMapfre Aspar Team MotoGP2’05.1643.144
1346Valentino ROSSIITADucati Team2’05.7813.761
1424Toni ELIASSPALCR Honda MotoGP2’05.8623.842
1565Loris CAPIROSSIITAPramac Racing Team2’06.2564.236
1635Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 32’07.9115.891

Source: MotoGP; Photo: © 2011 Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved

  • Toshi

    0.188 seconds is not “less than a 10th of a second”.

  • MikeD

    Stoner is ON FIRE Baby !

  • CBR600RR

    Toshi. Re-read. They state two tenths. And GO CASEY!!

  • Sean in Oz

    The only way Lorenzo got to the top of the time sheets was to put the soft tyres on before Stoner and Simoncelli.

  • DucracerX

    STONER RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!