MotoGP: Rain Provides Exciting Qualifying at Sachsenring

07/07/2012 @ 3:42 pm, by Jensen Beeler3 COMMENTS

MotoGP: Rain Provides Exciting Qualifying at Sachsenring Stefan Bradl LCR Honda Sachsenring 635x423

With a mixture of wet and dry conditions occurring during the race-week for MotoGP at Sachsenring, qualifying for the German GP was a strictly rainy affair. The great equalizer, the rain proved to throw a wrench in the usual procession of riders, as MotoGP gets ready for its second round of three back-to-back race-weekends.

Adding drama to the event was the deadlock in the 2012 MotoGP Championship between Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner, as Alvaro Bautista took out the Spaniard in the first corner of the Dutch TT. For his crimes against Spanish supremacy, Bautista will start from the back of the grid, regardless of his qualifying effort today.

This means that the San Carlo Gresini Honda rider will start 21st, instead of 11th during tomorrow’s race, but if the weather continues to be miserable, that penalty might not be as bad in application as it sounds in theory.

A fairly dull qualifying session in the early minutes, the fight for the pole position was tremendous in the closing minutes of Saturday’s afternoon session, as a multitude of riders topped the time sheets in quick succession, lap after lap. The bout saw German Stefan Bradl pleasing the crowd as he sat on the front row for a good portion of qualifying, though ultimately the LCR Honda rider would drop to the back of the second row — still a good showing for the satellite Honda rider.

Unsurprisingly Casey Stoner took pole, though on his #2 bike, as his favorite stead gave up the ghost mid-session. Particular about his gear and bikes, Stoner prefers to wear leathers until the fall apart, and favors one of his Honda RC213V race bikes heavily over the other, which could be a relic of his Ducati days, where there was measurable differences between the “identical” machines.

Also having their time in the spotlight, Ben Spies, Dani Pedrosa, Cal Crutchlow, and Nicky Hayden all had a chance at playing head of the class. Though in the end, it was Spies and Pedrosa who rounded out the front row, in that order.

Noticeably quick from the CRTs was Aleix Espargaro, who put in three-quarters of a second on his teammate Randy de Puniet. In that mix was Bautista and Barbara, while Colin Edwards proved some more CRT bread for that prototype sandwich. Edwards’ result is a marked improvement for the NGM Forward squad, which has struggled with its Bosch electronics system, and is said to be considering a switch to the FTR/Honda CRT package.

The weather is uncertain for Sunday’s race, though many believe rain will continue to have a presence. If it is a dry race, riders will be hoping for a dry warm-up as well, having only had one dry session so far this week to setup their bikes for the German circuit.

Qualifying Results from the German GP at Sachsenring, Germany:

Pos.RiderNationTeamBikeKM/HTimeDiff.
1Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda271.21’31.796-
2Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha276.61’31.9890.193
3Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda271.01’32.0810.285
4Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha273.81’32.2880.492
5Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha276.41’32.3810.585
6Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda269.71’32.5100.714
7Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati272.71’32.7950.999
8Andrea DOVIZIOSOITAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha272.81’33.2051.409
9Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati273.11’33.2171.421
10Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART263.51’33.9002.104
11Alvaro BAUTISTASPASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda260.71’34.0882.292
12Hector BARBERASPAPramac Racing TeamDucati263.51’34.5422.746
13Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingSuter252.81’34.6492.853
14Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART259.61’34.6512.855
15Mattia PASINIITASpeed MasterART256.61’34.9383.142
16Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda250.11’35.5903.794
17Michele PIRROITASan Carlo Honda GresiniFTR257.81’35.5953.799
18Yonny HERNANDEZCOLAvintia BlusensBQR259.11’35.9624.166
19Ivan SILVASPAAvintia BlusensBQR256.41’36.1834.387
20James ELLISONGBRPaul Bird MotorsportART253.71’36.3554.559
21Franco BATTAINIITACardion AB MotoracingDucati254.11’36.4384.642

Source: MotoGP; Photo: LCR Honda

Comment:

  1. Honestly, that was one of the best qualifying sessions I’ve ever seen. That last 15 minutes was insane!

  2. MikeD says:

    OK, that’s all fine and dandy……now, let’s see who can keep he’s tires in one piece tomorrow and actually FINISH the race…and will someone please make Stoner do some work
    and not just run away from the pack like everyone and their bikes are tied to trees ?

    C’mon Spies and Hayden, get your shit together guys. (^_^)

    Lorenzo and Danny are going to be bidding for Stoner’s head………LOL, specially Whore-ge.

  3. MikeD says:

    Quick Observation:

    It seems that Yamaha (276km/h) is not lacking HP UNLESS Honda is sand-baggin (wich im sure they are) and Ducati too (273km/h) (saving tires plan practicing ?).

    All the CRT bikes are a good 10km/h slower than the factory “pure bloods”…to be expected.