MotoGP: Riders Find Redemption For Indianapolis at San Marino GP Qualifying

09/05/2009 @ 4:51 pm, by Jensen Beeler1 COMMENT


With San Marino officially the third smallest country by territory size, the San Marino GP does not actually take place within the soverign’s borders. Instead, MotoGP action comes to you this weekend from the coastal Italian track of Misano, where a slew of MotoGP riders are looking for redemption from their performances at Indianapolis.

The track temperatures have been scortching hot all week, and even with a coastal breeze blowing through the course today, the ambient temperature was still over 98° F. With only 25 points now separating Jorge Lorenzo from Valentino Rossi, all eyes are on the Fiat-Yamaha pair to see who will take the MotoGP Championship.

Qualifying saw the usual suspects taking the top three spots. Valentino Rossi, who has been leading the charge all week, just barely held onto his pole position time, as Dani Pedrosa set some flying laps in the latter half of the qualifying session.

While unable to catch Rossi and make the time stick, Pedrosa planted himself between the Fiat-Yamaha riders, forcing Jorge Lorenzo to start from the third position. Lorenzo has started from the front-row on every GP this season thus far.

Nicky Hayden seems to be building off his podium finish from Indianapolis, as he will start from the 6th position. Toni Elias will lead the second row in the 4th position, with Colin Edwards sandwiched between the two, in 5th.

Results from Qualifying at the San Marino GP at Misano, Italy:

PosNo.RiderBikeTimeDiffDiff. to Prev.
146Valentino ROSSIYAMAHA1’34.338
23Dani PEDROSAHONDA1’34.5600.2220.222
399Jorge LORENZOYAMAHA1’34.8080.4700.248
424Toni ELIASHONDA1’34.9070.5690.099
55Colin EDWARDSYAMAHA1’35.1840.8460.277
669Nicky HAYDENDUCATI1’35.2230.8850.039
715Alex DE ANGELISHONDA1’35.3431.0050.120
84Andrea DOVIZIOSOHONDA1’35.4921.1540.149
914Randy DE PUNIETHONDA1’35.5541.2160.062
1065Loris CAPIROSSISUZUKI1’35.5611.2230.007
1136Mika KALLIODUCATI1’35.6011.2630.040
1233Marco MELANDRIKAWASAKI1’35.7851.4470.184
137Chris VERMEULENSUZUKI1’35.7901.4520.005
1452James TOSELANDYAMAHA1’36.0701.7320.280
1544Aleix ESPARGARODUCATI1’36.2281.8900.158
1688Niccolo CANEPADUCATI1’36.2641.9260.036
1741Gabor TALMACSIHONDA1’37.0912.7530.827