MotoGP: Qualifying from the Catalan GP

06/04/2011 @ 4:13 pm, by Jensen Beeler1 COMMENT

MotoGP comes to us this weekend from Catalunya country, just outside of Barcelona, Spain for the Catalan GP. One of the centers of GP racing, local favorite Dani Pedrosa decided to sit out his home GP, and instead try and recover from his broken collarbone, which he broke two weeks ago at the French GP. The man many blame for Pedrosa’s injuries, Marco Simoncelli, was also under close scrutinty, as the Italian had to go to the principal’s office in the form of a chat with MotoGP Race Direction.

With the weather constantly variable throughout the week, yesterday’s sessions saw a mix of rain and sunshine, which caught-out Monster Yamaha Tech 3 ride Colin Edwards. The American crashed on cold slick tires on the semi-damp track, also breaking his collarbone. His participation in the Catalan GP is out, and question marks hang over his return by the time of the British GP. With qualifying action underway, we saw a few surprises in the results. Read on after the jump.

Taking over on the time sheet in the closing minutes, Marco Simoncelli bested fellow Honda rider Casey Stoner for the top honor. Setting the pole pace on his penultimate lap, Simoncelli took one more stab at raising the qualifying bar, and was on pace for a faster lap until Turn 12, where Super Sic had a moment, and ended up saving the bike by putting it up on his knee. If tomorrow’s race is half as good as the qualifying, we should be in for a treat.

“It went well and I am much happier now than I have been for the past two weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. I was strong even though we had a few problems at the start of the session when I couldn’t push as hard as I would have liked,” said pole-setter Marco Simoncelli. “By the end we had solved the problems and I was able to ride really fast, although I never thought I would be able to set pole because Casey had been so fast in every session.”

“I took a bit of a risk on the last lap trying to go faster and managed to save it, so finally my long legs have been good for something! Tomorrow won’t be easy because both Casey and Jorge have a fast race pace but I will try to stay with them. My first target is to finish the race, the second is to finish on the podium and you can guess the third!”

Qualifying Results from the Catalan GP at Barcelona, Spain:

158Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda Gresini1’42.413
227Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda Team1’42.4290.016
31Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory Racing1’42.7280.315
411Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory Racing1’42.7420.329
54Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda Team1’42.7490.336
635Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 31’43.2020.789
746Valentino ROSSIITADucati Team1’43.2230.810
869Nicky HAYDENUSADucati Team1’43.2280.815
919Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGP1’43.4471.034
108Hector BARBERASPAMapfre Aspar Team MotoGP1’43.6561.243
117Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNSan Carlo Honda Gresini1’43.7341.321
1214Randy DE PUNIETFRAPramac Racing Team1’43.7641.351
1365Loris CAPIROSSIITAPramac Racing Team1’44.0681.655
1424Toni ELIASSPALCR Honda MotoGP1’44.5102.097
1517Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB Motoracing1’45.6613.248
OUT5Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3

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

  • 76

    Simo scores his first ever pole in qualifying and you run a picture of stoner? Boo I say