Published on 02 Jun 2012 by Toni M.
Casey Stoner may be fighting against chatter on his RC213V, but that didn’t stop him from taking his second pole of the season at Catalunya. The Repsol Honda rider took the top spot in qualifying with a 1.41.295 lap (and just a little more than one tenth from his own 2008 record) with a small helping tow from Jorge Lorenzo, who ended up in second and 0.146s adrift.
The Yamaha factory rider bumped Yamaha Tech3’s Cal Cruthlow to third who took his third front row start after Losail and Estoril. The factory Yamaha rider however is lamenting lack of confidence on the front of his M1, that he’ll have to fine tune during tomorrow morning’s warm-up.
Ben Spies had a good qualifying session taking 4th and it was his best qualifying result so far this season Right beside him will be Dani Pedrosa who ran off track at turn 10 (La Caixa) in his last flying lap and had to settle for fifth, but he was 0.361s from pole. Andrea Dovizioso had an excellent session despite his belying 6th position as is seems to have a very good race pace and he was just 0.031s from the Repsol Honda rider.
The first Ducati rider on the grid and opening the third row is Nicky Hayden in 7th ahead of MotoGP rookie Stefan Bradl who pipped Valentino Rossi for the 8th spot with his last flying lap. Rossi is back to using his carbon fibre swingarm.
Alvaro Bautista closed out the top ten (after his second spot on Friday afternoon) followed by Hector Barbera, who couldn’t improve his lap time after touching the top five following a tow by Jorge Lorenzo and Karel Abraham who crashed out at as the chequered flag was being waved.
The top CRT rider was Randy de Puniet in 13th, ahead of the returning Colin Edwards who missed the previous round at Le Mans due to his shoulder surgery.
MotoGP Catalunya Qualifying Results:
01- Casey Stoner – Repsol Honda Team – Honda RC213V – + 1’41.295
02- Jorge Lorenzo – Yamaha Factory Racing – Yamaha YZR M1 – + 0.146
03- Cal Crutchlow – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – Yamaha YZR M1 – + 0.253
04- Ben Spies – Yamaha Factory Racing – Yamaha YZR M1 – + 0.257
05- Dani Pedrosa – Repsol Honda Team – Honda RC213V – + 0.361
06- Andrea Dovizioso – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – Yamaha YZR M1 – + 0.392
07- Nicky Hayden – Ducati Team – Ducati Desmosedici GP12 – + 0.734
08- Stefan Bradl – LCR Honda MotoGP – Honda RC213V – + 0.770
09- Valentino Rossi – Ducati Team – Ducati Desmosedici GP12 – + 0.880
10- Alvaro Bautista – San Carlo Honda Gresini – Honda RC213V – + 1.061
11- Hector Barbera – Pramac Racing Team – Ducati Desmosedici GP12 – + 1.080
12- Karel Abraham – Cardion AB Motoracing – Ducati Desmosedici GP12 – + 1.971
13- Randy De Puniet – Power Electronics Aspar – ART GP12 – + 2.205
14- Colin Edwards – NGM Mobile Forward Racing – Suter BMW – + 2.729
15- Aleix Espargaro – Power Electronics Aspar – ART GP12 – + 2.746
16- Michele Pirro – San Carlo Honda Gresini – FTR Honda – + 3.061
17- James Ellison – Paul Bird Motorsport – ART GP12 – + 3.468
18- Mattia Pasini – Speed Master Team – ART GP12 – + 3.469
19- Yonny Hernandez – Avintia Blusens – BQR MotoGP – + 3.538
20- Danilo Petrucci – CAME Iodaracing Project – Ioda TR003 – + 4.435
21- Ivan Silva – Avintia Blusens – BQR MotoGP – + 4.667