MotoGP: Qualifying Trouble for Ducati at the San Marino GP

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With sunny weather finally becoming the status quo for MotoGP race weekends, the Adriatic track of Misano, Italy is playing host to the San Marino GP this weekend. Immediately following the Indianapolis GP, it seems little has changed in the past six days since the last US round. At the front of the week’s time slips have been the Hondas of Casey Stoner (setting another “best lap” record in Qualifying) and Dani Pedrosa, with moments of hope coming from the factory Yamahas of Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies.

Noticeably at the rear of the pack is a gaggle of Ducatis, which sees even the G.O.A.T. that is Valentino Rossi struggle against the non-works GP11/10s of Hector Barbera, Karel Abraham, and Randy de Puniet. Nicky Hayden has also struggled, while Pramac Ducati’s Loris Capirossi is likely just marking time until he can step away from his satellite Ducati, as the legendary Italian GP rider announced his retirement on Thursday at the pre-race conference.

Qualifying Results from the San Marino GP at Misano:

Pos. No. Rider Nation Team Time Diff.
1 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team 1’33.138
2 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing 1’33.258 0.120
3 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team 1’33.318 0.180
4 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing 1’33.947 0.809
5 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini 1’33.990 0.852
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team 1’34.026 0.888
7 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’34.054 0.916
8 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1’34.360 1.222
9 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP 1’34.592 1.454
10 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini 1’34.637 1.499
11 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team 1’34.676 1.538
12 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing 1’34.727 1.589
13 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’34.791 1.653
14 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team 1’34.870 1.732
15 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team 1’34.955 1.817
16 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team 1’35.502 2.364
17 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP 1’36.167 3.029

Photo: Yamaha Racing