MotoGP: Qualifying at the Aragon GP

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With power issues plaguing Friday’s Free Practice sessions, MotoGP took to the track Saturday in full-effort as riders and teams scrambled to make up for lost time. One of five races remaining in the season, the Aragon GP continues Jorge Lorenzo’s do or die point of the season, as the reigning-World Champion is on a campaign to claw back Casey Stoner’s 35 point lead in the MotoGP Championship standings. With the Yamaha’s struggling at Motorland Aragon, the Spaniard certainly has a tough a weekend ahead of him, especially since both Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa looked to be well on top of their game in the two practice sessions.

News has been percolating for Ducati as well, as Valentino Rossi will finally ride on the much rumored aluminum chassis this weekend. While Rossi and the Corse crew struggle to adjust to yet another major modification to the Ducati Desmosedici, Randy de Puniet proved to be the fastest Italian bike man at Aragon leading up to qualifying. Also showing strong improvement in this homestretch of the season, Alvaro Bautista has been on a tear lately, and will be man to watch come Sunday’s race. Check after the jump for Qualifying results at the Aragon Gp>

Qualifying Results from the Aragon GP at Motorland Aragon, Spain:

Pos. No. Rider Nation Team Time Diff.
1 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team 1’48.451
2 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team 1’48.747 0.296
3 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing 1’49.155 0.704
4 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing 1’49.270 0.819
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team 1’49.372 0.921
6 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini 1’49.528 1.077
7 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team 1’49.752 1.301
8 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing 1’49.777 1.326
9 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini 1’49.813 1.362
10 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team 1’49.826 1.375
11 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1’49.883 1.432
12 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’49.893 1.442
13 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team 1’49.960 1.509
14 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP 1’49.976 1.525
15 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’50.105 1.654
16 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team 1’50.752 2.301
17 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP 1’51.073 2.622

Source: MotoGP; Photo: Honda

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