MotoGP: Yamahas Flex Some Qualifying Muscle in Catalunya

06/02/2012 @ 5:06 pm, by Jensen Beeler1 COMMENT

MotoGP: Yamahas Flex Some Qualifying Muscle in Catalunya Ben Spies wheelie 635x425

With the sun shining on the Spanish track outside of Barcelona, MotoGP returns to the Iberian Peninsula for the Catalan GP this weekend. Despite seeing the factory Repsol Honda’s of Stoner and Pedrosa top the time sheets previously all week, it was the Yamahas that stole the show during qualifying*.

Note that asterisks though, which stands for Casey Stoner, who continues to show the top pace, despite his retirement coming closer with every day. With the satellite Tech 3 Yamaha’s able to roll just as well as the factory units, it comes as no surprise then that all four Yamaha’s are in the Top 6, with Lorenzo and Crutchlow rounding out the front row for tomorrow’s race (in that order).

With Spies fourth, Hayden seventh, and Rossi nineth, the order of things could be shaken up tomorrow, as rain hasn’t been ruled out of the forecast. Full qualifying results after the jump.

MotoGP Qualifying Results from the Catalan GP at Barcelona, Spain:

Pos.RiderNationTeamBikeTimeDiff.
1Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda1’41.295-
2Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha1’41.4410.146
3Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha1’41.5480.253
4Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha1’41.5520.257
5Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda1’41.6560.361
6Andrea DOVIZIOSOITAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha1’41.6870.392
7Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati1’42.0290.734
8Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda1’42.0650.770
9Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati1’42.1750.880
10Alvaro BAUTISTASPASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda1’42.3561.061
11Hector BARBERASPAPramac Racing TeamDucati1’42.3751.080
12Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati1’43.2661.971
13Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART1’43.5002.205
14Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingSuter1’44.0242.729
15Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART1’44.0412.746
16Michele PIRROITASan Carlo Honda GresiniFTR1’44.3563.061
17James ELLISONGBRPaul Bird MotorsportART1’44.7633.468
18Mattia PASINIITASpeed MasterART1’44.7643.469
19Yonny HERNANDEZCOLAvintia BlusensBQR1’44.8333.538
20Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda1’45.7304.435
21Ivan SILVASPAAvintia BlusensBQR1’45.9624.667

Source: MotoGP; Photo: Yamaha Racing

Comment:

  1. Jonathan says:

    Colin’s quali position is is damn fine considering how beat up the old fella must be. I wonder if he’s as chock full of painkillers as he appeared to be at the Brit GP last year? If so, the interviews will be comedy gold (and totally unsuitable for minors…)

    First podium for Crutchlow? Come on Cal!