MotoGP: Qualifying Bodes Well for the San Marino GP

09/16/2012 @ 2:24 am, by Jensen BeelerComments Off on MotoGP: Qualifying Bodes Well for the San Marino GP

Not too hot, not to cold…that’s Misano for Saturday’s qualifying event. After seeing Friday’s FP1 & FP2 sessions obliterated by a damp, but not wet, track, MotoGP riders found things for Saturday to be just right. The first chance for Jonathan Rea to get a proper go at the Honda RC213V, the Honda WSBK rider is merely “filling in” for the injured Casey Stoner, but many in the paddock believe that a good showing from Rea could land him on the Honda Gresini machine for next year — the last prototype seat in MotoGP still available.

While we will undoubtedly have to wait a bit longer to see that seat filled and sorted, the big attention for the day was the battle between the two Spaniards, as Dani Pedrosa is running out of rounds to catch up to rival Jorge Lorenzo in the Championship. Needing a win this weekend to keep those hopes alive, many GP fans are hoping for another battle between the two riders, like the one we recently saw in Brno. If the qualifying session is any proof of the matter, racing on Sunday should be quite good.

The Dani Pedrosa Show for the majority of the hour-long session, qualifying for the San Marino GP showed a strong pace from Jorge Lorenzo, as well as moments of clarity for Cal Crutchlow and Stefan Bradl. The Englishman has another front-row start, while Bradl continues to impress in his rookie debut. Meanwhile, Ben Spies’s bad luck continued, as the American crash mid-session, and had to complete qualifying on his “B” bike, which had a different setup from his peppy “A” machine.

Qualifying Results from the San Marino GP at Misano, Italy:

1Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda289.41’33.857
2Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha284.11’33.8750.018
3Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha283.21’34.0010.144
4Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda284.11’34.2210.364
5Alvaro BAUTISTASPASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda283.41’34.2990.442
6Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati280.71’34.6190.762
7Andrea DOVIZIOSOITAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha281.01’34.9161.059
8Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha285.91’34.9881.131
9Jonathan REAGBRRepsol Honda TeamHonda285.61’35.3581.501
10Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati280.01’35.4011.544
11Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati281.91’35.6481.791
12Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART269.11’35.7561.899
13Hector BARBERASPAPramac Racing TeamDucati284.61’36.0482.191
14Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART268.71’36.2842.427
15Michele PIRROITASan Carlo Honda GresiniFTR271.11’36.3402.483
16James ELLISONGBRPaul Bird MotorsportART266.11’37.1243.267
17Mattia PASINIITASpeed MasterART267.11’37.1623.305
18Yonny HERNANDEZCOLAvintia BlusensBQR266.31’37.3163.459
19Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter265.01’37.7513.894
20Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingSuter265.31’38.0684.211
21David SALOMSPAAvintia BlusensBQR266.11’40.0756.218

Source: MotoGP; Photo: © 2012 Scott Jones / Scott Jones Photography – All Rights Reserved

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