MotoGP: A Qualifying of Eras at the Valencian GP

11/11/2012 @ 12:44 am, by Jensen BeelerComments Off on MotoGP: A Qualifying of Eras at the Valencian GP

With some cooperation from the weather at the track in Valencia, MotoGP enjoyed its last dry qualifying session of the season. Saturday’s afternoon session was a stark contrast to Friday’s Free Practice sessions, which had mostly been a wasted day for the GP riders. With nothing on the line for the Valencian GP, riders in MotoGP are mostly racing this weekend for pride and bragging rights.

Casey Stoner’s last race in MotoGP, the Australian is surely looking for a good result, though there are question marks regarding his ankle. His teammate Dani Pedrosa is also looking for a strong result in his home country, with the Spaniard now out of the Championship hunt, but looking to end what has been a stellar second-half of a season in the Repsol Honda squad.

The man to stop though is his once bitter rival Jorge Lorenzo, who will carry the #1 plate next year. For Lorenzo, Valencia is about winning the most races in the 2012 season, with him and Pedrosa tied at six a piece.

For many of the other riders, Sunday’s race marks the last time they will be in the premier class, with their current teams, or even on the same kind of race bike. Perhaps the biggest piece of anticipation for the race, is the post-season testing the follows it. But, first things first.

The names on the front row for tomorrow are surely familiar ones, though the biggest point of note is Dani Pedrosa’s dominating pole-position lap time. Setting an outright “Best Lap” record at Valencia, which had been resurfaced ahead of the Valencian GP, Pedrosa shattered the record that was previously held by Valentino Rossi.

This is important for two reasons: 1) The previous lap record was the last standing lap record that was set during the 990cc era, and 2) the previous lap record was the last record, set in either qualifying or racing, that had Rossi’s name on it.

The G.O.A.T., the Valencia test and his return to Yamaha Racing might not be able to come soon enough.

Qualifying Results from the Valencian GP at Valencia, Spain:

1Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda326.41’30.844
2Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha321.41’31.1950.351
3Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda322.91’31.4280.584
4Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha321.41’31.5120.668
5Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda324.81’31.7570.913
6Andrea DOVIZIOSOITAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha321.61’31.7950.951
7Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati320.71’32.5031.659
8Alvaro BAUTISTASPASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda323.51’32.5851.741
9Hector BARBERASPAPramac Racing TeamDucati327.01’32.6051.761
10Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART305.71’32.8341.990
11Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati319.61’32.8772.033
12Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART306.41’33.3462.502
13Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati320.31’33.4422.598
14Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingSuter309.31’33.4532.609
15Michele PIRROITASan Carlo Honda GresiniFTR303.81’33.9713.127
16Katsuyuki NAKASUGAJPNYamaha Factory RacingYamaha315.91’33.9793.135
17Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda-Suter300.01’33.9803.136
18Ivan SILVASPAAvintia BlusensBQR300.91’34.4073.563
19Roberto ROLFOITASpeed MasterART303.91’34.8664.022
20James ELLISONGBRPaul Bird MotorsportART304.61’34.9184.074
21Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNAvintia BlusensBQR309.11’35.3634.519
22Claudio CORTIITAAvintia BlusensInmotec300.01’36.5315.687

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

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