MotoGP: Lap Record Falls in the Land of the Rising Sun During Qualifying

10/01/2011 @ 5:55 pm, by Jensen Beeler1 COMMENT

With MotoGP action finally coming to Japan this season, qualifying at the Twin Rings Motegi Circuit was underway this Saturday. Despite the posturing of the GP riders before the Japanese GP, all of MotoGP’s riders have been in attendance this weekend, with the only exception being Ben Spies who has been present more in body than in spirit, as the American has been battling a bout of food poisoning all week. Helping bulster the ranks further, was an increased showing by HRC, which added test riders Kousuke Akiyoshi and Shinichi Ito to mix on a second LRC Honda bike and HRC wild card bike, respectively.

With the rider’s boycott null and void, attention in the MotoGP paddock could finally focus on racing at Motegi, and the pace was scorching during the qualifying session. With the “best lap” record dropping in the final minutes of the QP, the last year of the 800cc class MotoGP race bikes is certainly not going gently into that good night. With riders pushing the envelope right until the end of the session, qualifying at Motegi was an exciting battle for the pole position. Click through the jump to see the qualifying results.

Qualifying Results from the Japanese GP at Motegi, Japan:

127Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda1’45.267
21Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha1’45.5230.256
34Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda TeamHonda1’45.7910.524
426Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda1’45.9660.699
511Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha1’46.0420.775
658Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda1’46.2110.944
746Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati1’46.4671.200
819Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki1’46.5861.319
98Hector BARBERASPAMapfre Aspar Team MotoGPDucati1’46.6941.427
1069Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati1’46.7631.496
117Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNSan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda1’46.8111.544
1235Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha1’46.8181.551
1314Randy DE PUNIETFRAPramac Racing TeamDucati1’46.9171.650
145Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha1’47.1651.898
1517Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati1’47.9222.655
1624Toni ELIASSPALCR Honda MotoGPHonda1’48.1692.902
1764Kousuke AKIYOSHIJPNLCR Honda MotoGPHonda1’48.3673.100
186Damian CUDLINAUSPramac Racing TeamDucati1’48.9623.695
1972Shinichi ITOJPNHonda Racing TeamHonda1’49.9714.704

Source: MotoGP; Photo: Honda

  • Cpt.Slow


    Stoner, Lorenzo, Simo, Rossi…