MotoGP: Factory Hondas Make Like Napoleon Bonaparte – Divide & Conquer Qualifying at Le Mans

05/14/2011 @ 3:10 pm, by Jensen Beeler1 COMMENT

Le Mans proved to be a Honda-friendly track today, as all four true-blooded factory Honda machines took the four top spots on the grid for tomorrow’s French GP. With the Hondas bunched up at the front, the groupings didn’t stop there as the next four spots were occupied by the Yamaha contingency, with Jorge Lorenzo leading Crutchlow, Edwards, and Spies respectively.

Ninth and tenth on the grid belong to Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden, while Randy de Puniet on the satellite Pramac Ducati will start 11th for his home GP. Both Hayden and Spies cited mistakes on their fast laps as being the cause for their poor qualifying, while Rossi’s squad was unable to capitalize on its softer-compound tire for an ultimate qualifying time.

Starting on pole will be Casey Stoner, as the Australian continues his superb form this season. Though the Repsol Honda rider has been the one to watch so far this season, he only beat out sophmore Marco Simoncelli by a margin of 0.059 seconds.

Simoncelli has seemingly found his stride this season, though his riding has prompted concerns in the MotoGP paddock, as many of the top riders went to the Safety Commission meeting to complain about the Italian’s riding. Rounding out the front row is Andrea Dovizioso, who bested teammate Dani Pedrosa by six-hundreths of a second. Full qualifying results after the jump.

Qualifying Results from the French GP at Le Mans, France:

127Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda Team1’33.153
258Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda Gresini1’33.2120.059
34Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda Team1’33.6210.468
426Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda Team1’33.6830.530
51Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory Racing1’33.7060.553
635Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 31’33.8040.651
75Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 31’34.0630.910
811Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory Racing1’34.2061.053
946Valentino ROSSIITADucati Team1’34.2061.053
1069Nicky HAYDENUSADucati Team1’34.2771.124
1114Randy DE PUNIETFRAPramac Racing Team1’34.3511.198
1219Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGP1’34.5131.360
137Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNSan Carlo Honda Gresini1’34.6121.459
148Hector BARBERASPAMapfre Aspar Team MotoGP1’34.6501.497
1565Loris CAPIROSSIITAPramac Racing Team1’34.8661.713
1617Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB Motoracing1’35.0101.857
1724Toni ELIASSPALCR Honda MotoGP1’35.4332.280

Source: MotoGP; Photo: Honda

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