MotoGP: Crashes Shake-Up Qualifying at Jerez

04/02/2011 @ 5:44 pm, by Jensen BeelerComments Off on MotoGP: Crashes Shake-Up Qualifying at Jerez

Qualifying for the Spanish GP got underway today under the sunny, but windy skies of Jerez, Spain. Unsurprising to just about anyone, the Repsol Hondas of Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa were on the top of the time sheets, with local Jorge Lorenzo completing the front row and only 0.16 seconds off the qualifying pace. While the rank and order surprises few, all eyes will be on the latter stages of tomorrow’s race to see how Dani Pedrosa can manage with his ailing shoulder, which the Spaniard will have operated on immediately after the GP

The qualifying session saw a total of six riders hitting the tarmac and gravel traps, with many blaming the wind as a contributing factor. The list of riders crashing includes Valentino Rossi, Ben Spies, Colin Edwards, Randy de Puniet, Karel Abraham, and Hiroshi Aoyama. Thankfully no one was injured, but in the case of Rossi, it meant trashing his preferred bike for the session, causing him to qualify on his other machine, and landing 12th on the starting grid.

He’ll be joined on the fourth row by teammate Nicky Hayden, who has been having a miserable season thus far on the Desmosedici GP11, and once again Randy de Puniet proved himself to be the fastest Ducati, qualifying seventh. Honorable mentions go out to John Hopkins, who continued his progress filling in for the injured Alvaro Bautista this weekend with a fourteenth grid position for tomorrow’s race. With a good start we could see a mid-pack finish for Hopper, who has shown marked improvement with each session on the Suzuki GSV-R.

With the rain very likely to make an appearance for tomorrow’s race, all bets are off for how the Spanish GP will shape-up.

Qualifying Results from the Spanish GP at Jerez, Spain:

127Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda Team1’38.757
226Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda Team1’38.9150.158
31Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory Racing1’38.9180.161
411Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory Racing1’39.3900.633
558Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda Gresini1’39.4860.729
64Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda Team1’39.7090.952
714Randy DE PUNIETFRAPramac Racing Team1’39.8921.135
85Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 31’39.8951.138
935Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 31’40.0191.262
107Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNSan Carlo Honda Gresini1’40.1681.411
1169Nicky HAYDENUSADucati Team1’40.1751.418
1246Valentino ROSSIITADucati Team1’40.1851.428
138Hector BARBERASPAMapfre Aspar Team MotoGP1’40.2171.460
1421John HOPKINSUSARizla Suzuki MotoGP1’40.3101.553
1565Loris CAPIROSSIITAPramac Racing Team1’40.5231.766
1617Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB Motoracing1’40.6011.844
1724Toni ELIASSPALCR Honda MotoGP1’41.1142.357

Photo: Yamaha Racing

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