MotoGP: Qualifying Trouble for Ducati at the San Marino GP

09/03/2011 @ 5:51 pm, by Jensen Beeler1 COMMENT

With sunny weather finally becoming the status quo for MotoGP race weekends, the Adriatic track of Misano, Italy is playing host to the San Marino GP this weekend. Immediately following the Indianapolis GP, it seems little has changed in the past six days since the last US round. At the front of the week’s time slips have been the Hondas of Casey Stoner (setting another “best lap” record in Qualifying) and Dani Pedrosa, with moments of hope coming from the factory Yamahas of Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies.

Noticeably at the rear of the pack is a gaggle of Ducatis, which sees even the G.O.A.T. that is Valentino Rossi struggle against the non-works GP11/10s of Hector Barbera, Karel Abraham, and Randy de Puniet. Nicky Hayden has also struggled, while Pramac Ducati’s Loris Capirossi is likely just marking time until he can step away from his satellite Ducati, as the legendary Italian GP rider announced his retirement on Thursday at the pre-race conference.

Qualifying Results from the San Marino GP at Misano:

127Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda Team1’33.138
21Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory Racing1’33.2580.120
326Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda Team1’33.3180.180
411Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory Racing1’33.9470.809
558Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda Gresini1’33.9900.852
64Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda Team1’34.0260.888
75Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 31’34.0540.916
819Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGP1’34.3601.222
98Hector BARBERASPAMapfre Aspar Team MotoGP1’34.5921.454
107Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNSan Carlo Honda Gresini1’34.6371.499
1146Valentino ROSSIITADucati Team1’34.6761.538
1217Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB Motoracing1’34.7271.589
1335Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 31’34.7911.653
1414Randy DE PUNIETFRAPramac Racing Team1’34.8701.732
1569Nicky HAYDENUSADucati Team1’34.9551.817
1665Loris CAPIROSSIITAPramac Racing Team1’35.5022.364
1724Toni ELIASSPALCR Honda MotoGP1’36.1673.029

Photo: Yamaha Racing

  • BBQdog

    About the title: one also could have written that a horse has four legs ….