Red Flag Interrupts Qualifying at Sachsenring

07/17/2010 @ 8:06 am, by Jensen Beeler2 COMMENTS

MotoGP qualifying was underway today in Germany, as riders took to Sachsenring with good weather abounding. With the return of Valentino Rossi to the series, the MotoGP paddock is buzzing with excitement, but the good vibrations would be cut short as the qualifying session was red flagged part-way through.

Seemingly grenading one of his six precious motors, Jorge Lorenzo dumped oil onto the German track, but before officials could the halt the session, Ben Spies and Randy de Puniet experienced a better understanding to what a mu coefficient is, and ended up in the gravel trap. While Spies was un-hurt, de Puniet was seen grabbing his ankle after the crash. The French rider did not participate in the restarted qualifying session, and spent his time in Clinica Mobile.

The incident seemingly worked out well for Jorge Lorenzo, who took his fourth pole position in a row. While the factory bikes flooded the first five spots on the grid (Rossi qualified 5th), Héctor Barberá achieved his best premier class qualification to date with sixth place start. Randy de Puniet is expected to race Sunday, and will start 7th.

Results from Qualifying at Sachsenring for MotoGP’s German GP:

PosNo.RiderBikeTimeDiffDiff. to Prev.
199Jorge LORENZOYAMAHA1’21.817
227Casey STONERDUCATI1’21.8410.0240.024
326Dani PEDROSAHONDA1’21.9480.1310.107
44Andrea DOVIZIOSOHONDA1’22.2630.4460.315
546Valentino ROSSIYAMAHA1’22.3950.5780.132
640Hector BARBERADUCATI1’22.4540.6370.059
714Randy DE PUNIETHONDA1’22.6100.7930.156
858Marco SIMONCELLIHONDA1’22.6240.8070.014
941Aleix ESPARGARODUCATI1’22.9101.0930.286
1033Marco MELANDRIHONDA1’22.9171.1000.007
1136Mika KALLIODUCATI1’22.9611.1440.044
125Colin EDWARDSYAMAHA1’23.0261.2090.065
1311Ben SPIESYAMAHA1’23.0281.2110.002
1465Loris CAPIROSSISUZUKI1’23.0401.2230.012
1569Nicky HAYDENDUCATI1’23.0901.2730.050
1619Alvaro BAUTISTASUZUKI1’23.1931.3760.103
1715Alex DE ANGELISHONDA1’23.5151.6980.322
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  • BikePilot

    I wonder if we’ll ever learn what the cause of the motor failure was… Would be interesting to know :)