MotoGP: Yamahas Flex Some Qualifying Muscle in Catalunya

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With the sun shining on the Spanish track outside of Barcelona, MotoGP returns to the Iberian Peninsula for the Catalan GP this weekend. Despite seeing the factory Repsol Honda’s of Stoner and Pedrosa top the time sheets previously all week, it was the Yamahas that stole the show during qualifying*.

Note that asterisks though, which stands for Casey Stoner, who continues to show the top pace, despite his retirement coming closer with every day. With the satellite Tech 3 Yamaha’s able to roll just as well as the factory units, it comes as no surprise then that all four Yamaha’s are in the Top 6, with Lorenzo and Crutchlow rounding out the front row for tomorrow’s race (in that order).

With Spies fourth, Hayden seventh, and Rossi nineth, the order of things could be shaken up tomorrow, as rain hasn’t been ruled out of the forecast. Full qualifying results after the jump.

MotoGP Qualifying Results from the Catalan GP at Barcelona, Spain:

Pos. Rider Nation Team Bike Time Diff.
1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’41.295
2 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1’41.441 0.146
3 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’41.548 0.253
4 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1’41.552 0.257
5 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’41.656 0.361
6 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’41.687 0.392
7 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 1’42.029 0.734
8 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1’42.065 0.770
9 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1’42.175 0.880
10 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1’42.356 1.061
11 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1’42.375 1.080
12 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 1’43.266 1.971
13 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 1’43.500 2.205
14 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 1’44.024 2.729
15 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 1’44.041 2.746
16 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 1’44.356 3.061
17 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 1’44.763 3.468
18 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 1’44.764 3.469
19 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 1’44.833 3.538
20 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 1’45.730 4.435
21 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 1’45.962 4.667

Source: MotoGP; Photo: Yamaha Racing