Torrential Rain Cancels MotoGP Qualifying at Estoril

10/30/2010 @ 5:34 pm, by Jensen BeelerComments Off on Torrential Rain Cancels MotoGP Qualifying at Estoril

The S.S. MotoGP set sail this weekend, as the Estoril GP looked more like a regatta than a GP race with all the water on the track. A monsoon storm has hit Portugal, causing two for the four practice sessions, including Saturday’s qualifying session, to be canceled because of the inclement weather.

As such Sunday’s GP race grid, for all the racing classes, will be comprised from each rider’s best practice time, which for Jorge Lorenzo is good news, as the Spanish rider ties Jorge “Aspar” Martinez for having the most pole positions from a Spaniard. Also benefitting from cancelled qualifier is American Nicky Hayden, who will start from the second position on Sunday’s grid.

The rest of the grid is less enthused though, as many riders feel they could have improved upon their positions had there been more practice sessions, and benefitted from more time on the Portuguese track. Sunday’s weather is a toss-up, with it likely to rain in the morning, but could possible dry out in time for the race. If it does dry-out by race time, many riders will be faced with minimal bike data, and will have hazard a guess on race setups.

Starting Grid for the Portuguese GP at Estoril:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1’48.522
2 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1’48.657 0.135 0.135
3 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1’48.883 0.361 0.226
4 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 1’49.061 0.539 0.178
5 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1’49.721 1.199 0.660
6 33 Marco MELANDRI HONDA 1’49.784 1.262 0.063
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1’50.007 1.485 0.223
8 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1’50.043 1.521 0.036
9 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1’50.313 1.791 0.270
10 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 1’50.500 1.978 0.187
11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO DUCATI 1’50.787 2.265 0.287
12 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1’50.824 2.302 0.037
13 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1’51.518 2.996 0.694
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI 1’52.734 4.212 1.216
15 40 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1’54.073 4.609 0.397
16 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 1’53.317 4.795 0.186
17 71 Carlos CHECA DUCATI 1’53.933 5.411 0.616

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