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:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff. to Prev.
1 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1’21.817
2 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 1’21.841 0.024 0.024
3 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1’21.948 0.131 0.107
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1’22.263 0.446 0.315
5 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1’22.395 0.578 0.132
6 40 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1’22.454 0.637 0.059
7 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1’22.610 0.793 0.156
8 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 1’22.624 0.807 0.014
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO DUCATI 1’22.910 1.093 0.286
10 33 Marco MELANDRI HONDA 1’22.917 1.100 0.007
11 36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 1’22.961 1.144 0.044
12 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1’23.026 1.209 0.065
13 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1’23.028 1.211 0.002
14 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1’23.040 1.223 0.012
15 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1’23.090 1.273 0.050
16 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 1’23.193 1.376 0.103
17 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 1’23.515 1.698 0.322
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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 :)