MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo Takes Pole at a Damp Estoril

04/30/2011 @ 2:53 pm, by Jensen Beeler3 COMMENTS

Jorge Lorenzo was the top dog today in Estoril, Portugal, as the Spaniard claimed the pole position for the start of tomorrow’s Portuguese GP. The top qualifying result is the fourth in a row for Lorenzo at Estoril, which according to Monopoly Rules means the Spanish GP rider can now build a hotel at the Iberian track.

Lorenzo’s result is undoubtedly impressive, but Italian Marco Simoncelli might be stealing some of the World Champion’s spotlight, as the sophomore MotoGP rider has ridden an impressive week thus far, and will start from the second grid spot on Sunday afternoon after being just a tenth of a second slower than Lorenzo.

Despite the pace of Simoncelli’s factory Honda, surprisingly the Repsol Honda crew was farther down the grid, with Pedrosa and Stoner taking third and fourth place spots respectively, while Andrea Dovizioso will start sixth, behind Ben Spies. The factory Yamaha Texan struggled earlier in the week, but was able to find a setting he liked on the mostly dry track, and qualify seven tenths of his teammate’s pace.

For the Ducati squad, Estoril has proven to be quagmire, as Ducati Corse has been unable to find a setup that gives Rossi and Hayden the feeling they need on the track. Despite their strong showing in the rain at Jerez, Ducati is hoping for a dry race tomorrow as they try and improve the Ducati Desmosedici GP11. Rossi will start 9th, while American Nicky Hayden wills start from the 13th position (behind both Hector Barbera and Karel Abraham). Check after the jump for the full qualifying results.

Qualifying Results from the Portuguese GP at Estoril, Portugal:

11Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory Racing1’37.161
258Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda Gresini1’37.2940.133
326Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda Team1’37.3240.163
427Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda Team1’37.3840.223
511Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory Racing1’37.8660.705
64Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda Team1’38.0730.912
75Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 31’38.0800.919
835Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 31’38.1891.028
946Valentino ROSSIITADucati Team1’38.2711.110
108Hector BARBERASPAMapfre Aspar Team MotoGP1’38.3631.202
117Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNSan Carlo Honda Gresini1’38.4971.336
1217Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB Motoracing1’38.7861.625
1369Nicky HAYDENUSADucati Team1’38.9221.761
1465Loris CAPIROSSIITAPramac Racing Team1’38.9341.773
1519Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGP1’39.1722.011
1614Randy DE PUNIETFRAPramac Racing Team1’39.3782.217
1724Toni ELIASSPALCR Honda MotoGP1’39.8942.733

Source: MotoGP; Photo: Yamaha Racing

  • irksome

    I’m pretty sure he has to build 4 houses first.

  • Damn I’m so glad you explained that always wanted know when he could start building ?? lol

  • irksome

    Would he use the boot? Or the little hat?