MotoGP: Yamahas Dominate Qualifying at Brno

08/26/2012 @ 12:19 am, by Jensen BeelerComments Off on MotoGP: Yamahas Dominate Qualifying at Brno

The 2012 MotoGP Championship continues its trend of mixed weather, as riders had to contend with an evening rain that washed the Brno circuit. A decisive moment in the Championship points, the Czech GP already dashed the hopes of Casey Stoner, who after consulting with his Doctors back in Australia, was advised to sit out the Czech round and return back to Oz for surgery on the ankle he injured last weekend at Indianapolis. Also sitting out the weekend were Nicky Hayden and Hector Barbera, with the Spaniard being again replaced by Toni Elias.

It was not all doom and gloom on Saturday though, as Cal Crutchlow announced his new contract with Monster Yamaha Tech 3, ending the speculation as to where the likable Brit would land for the 2013 season. With Jorge Lorenzo only 18 points ahead of Dani Pedrosa, Brno is a critical round to nail down a solid lead in the Championship, though the Repsol Honda man has been gaining momentum the past few rounds.

Pedrosa will need that momentum on Sunday, as Saturday at the Czech GP belonged to the Yamahas. Crashing early in the session, Pedrosa just managed a decent lap in the closing minutes of qualifying, disrupting Yamaha’s total grid dominance. Still, with four Yamahas in the Top 5, Pedrosa will have his work cut-out for him, especially with Jorge Lorenzo showing an impressive pace. Equally impressive were Cal Crutchlow and Ben Spies, and everyone will be holding their breath for the Texan tomorrow, hoping that he is not the recipient of further bad luck on race day.

Of note too is Valentino Rossi, with the Italian’s Ducati showing its first signs of dry-weather prowess. Rossi was up-beat about his chances for race day, and the Czech GP might be the first race this season where Rossi doesn’t pray for rainy conditions for the race. Time will tell if his prayers will be answered.

Qualifying Results from the Czech GP at Brno, Czech Republic:

1Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha306.81’55.799 –
2Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha303.31’55.9950.196
3Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda309.91’56.3270.528
4Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha305.61’56.3310.532
5Andrea DOVIZIOSOITAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha307.51’56.5590.760
6Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati304.11’56.7350.936
7Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda306.01’56.8271.028
8Alvaro BAUTISTASPASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda305.91’57.0681.269
9Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati309.61’57.7731.974
10Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART291.21’57.8442.045
11Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART291.51’58.1532.354
12Yonny HERNANDEZCOLAvintia BlusensBQR286.51’59.0873.288
13Toni ELIASSPAPramac Racing TeamDucati306.51’59.1203.321
14Michele PIRROITASan Carlo Honda GresiniFTR285.11’59.3873.588
15Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingSuter291.21’59.8634.064
16Mattia PASINIITASpeed MasterART285.41’59.8654.066
17James ELLISONGBRPaul Bird MotorsportART287.32’00.3164.517
18Ivan SILVASPAAvintia BlusensBQR285.82’00.3294.530
19Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda272.02’00.8545.055

Source: MotoGP; Photo: Yamaha Racing

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