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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Lorenzo edges thrilling battle for Qatar pole

Jorge Lorenzo Pole Position Losail 2012


Jorge Lorenzo came out on top in a gripping head to head with Casey Stoner for pole position at the first round of the 2012 MotoGP™ World Championship, the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar, whilst Cal Crutchlow made it two Yamahas on the front row with his best-ever qualifying display.


1 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha Factory Racing 1'54.634
2 Casey STONER Repsol Honda Team 1'54.855 0.221 / 0.221
3 Cal CRUTCHLOW Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1'55.022 0.388 / 0.167
4 Ben SPIES Yamaha Factory Racing 1'55.512 0.878 / 0.490
5 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati Team 1'55.637 1.003 / 0.125
6 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1'55.858 1.224 / 0.221
7 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team 1'55.905 1.271 / 0.047
8 Hector BARBERA Pramac Racing Team 1'55.983 1.349 / 0.078
9 Stefan BRADL LCR Honda MotoGP 1'56.063 1.429 / 0.080
10 Karel ABRAHAM Cardion AB Motoracing 1'56.198 1.564 / 0.135
11 Alvaro BAUTISTA San Carlo Honda Gresini 1'56.521 1.887 / 0.323
12 Valentino ROSSI Ducati Team 1'56.813 2.179 / 0.292
13 Colin EDWARDS NGM Mobile Forward Racing 1'57.644 3.010 / 0.831
14 Randy DE PUNIET Power Electronics Aspar 1'58.266 3.632 / 0.622
15 Aleix ESPARGARO Power Electronics Aspar 1'58.520 3.886 / 0.254
16 Yonny HERNANDEZ Avintia Blusens 1'58.795 4.161 / 0.275
17 Michele PIRRO San Carlo Honda Gresini 1'59.085 4.451 / 0.290
18 Mattia PASINI Speed Master 1'59.195 4.561 / 0.110
19 Danilo PETRUCCI Came IodaRacing Project 1'59.664 5.030 / 0.469
20 Ivan SILVA Avintia Blusens 2'00.493 5.859 / 0.829
21 James ELLISON Paul Bird Motorsport 2'00.757 6.123 / 0.264

source: MotoGP Official
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Luthi seals top spot in qualifying

Thomas Luthi Losail 2012


After leading all three practice sessions Thomas Lüthi booked pole position on the Moto2™ grid for Sunday's Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar, just ahead of Marc Márquez and Andrea Iannone.

1 Thomas LUTHI Interwetten-Paddock 2'00.187
2 Marc MARQUEZ Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol 2'00.259 0.072 / 0.072
3 Andrea IANNONE Speed Master 2'00.296 0.109 / 0.037
4 Pol ESPARGARO Pons 40 HP Tuenti 2'00.597 0.410 / 0.301
5 Mike DI MEGLIO S/Master Speed Up 2'00.625 0.438 / 0.028
6 Max NEUKIRCHNER Kiefer Racing 2'00.658 0.471 / 0.033
7 Esteve RABAT Pons 40 HP Tuenti 2'00.793 0.606 / 0.135
8 Claudio CORTI Italtrans Racing Team 2'00.874 0.687 / 0.081
9 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Italtrans Racing Team 2'00.898 0.711 / 0.024
10 Simone CORSI Came IodaRacing Project 2'00.986 0.799 / 0.088
11 Julian SIMON Blusens Avintia 2'00.992 0.805 / 0.006
12 Bradley SMITH Tech 3 Racing 2'01.015 0.828 / 0.023
13 Scott REDDING Marc VDS Racing Team 2'01.031 0.844 / 0.016
14 Mika KALLIO Marc VDS Racing Team 2'01.111 0.924 / 0.080
15 Alex DE ANGELIS NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2'01.181 0.994 / 0.070
16 Dominique AEGERTER Technomag-CIP 2'01.374 1.187 / 0.193
17 Toni ELIAS Mapfre Aspar Team 2'01.618 1.431 / 0.244
18 Xavier SIMEON Tech 3 Racing 2'01.718 1.531 / 0.100
19 Johann ZARCO JIR Moto2 2'01.910 1.723 / 0.192
20 Roberto ROLFO Technomag-CIP 2'02.018 1.831 / 0.108
21 Randy KRUMMENACHER GP Team Switzerland 2'02.097 1.910 / 0.079
22 Angel RODRIGUEZ Desguaces La Torre SAG 2'02.142 1.955 / 0.045
23 Ricard CARDUS Arguiñano Racing Team 2'02.500 2.313 / 0.358
24 Axel PONS Pons 40 HP Tuenti 2'02.535 2.348 / 0.035
25 Yuki TAKAHASHI NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2'02.637 2.450 / 0.102
26 Nicolas TEROL Mapfre Aspar Team 2'02.811 2.624 / 0.174
27 Gino REA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 2'02.934 2.747 / 0.123
28 Ratthapark WILAIROT Thai Honda Gresini Moto2 2'03.031 2.844 / 0.097
29 Anthony WEST QMMF Racing Team 2'03.621 3.434 / 0.590
30 Alexander LUNDH Cresto Guide MZ Racing 2'04.130 3.943 / 0.509
31 Marco COLANDREA SAG Team 2'04.424 4.237 / 0.294
32 Elena ROSELL QMMF Racing Team 2'05.183 4.996 / 0.759
33 Nasser Hasan AL MALKI QMMF Racing Team 2'05.591 5.404 / 0.408

source: MotoGP Official
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Cortese nips first Moto3 pole of season


Sandro Cortese Losail 2012


Sandro Cortese (Red Bull KTM Ajo) took the first ever Moto3™ pole position for Sunday's Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar after posting the fastest lap at the very end of Saturday's qualifying session. The German rider's final effort of 2'08.188 was enough to seal prime position on the grid by a margin of just 0.016s ahead of Maverick Viñales (Blusens Avintia).


Spanish rider Viñales – whose top time from FP2 was faster than Cortese's pole – looked set to take first position on the timesheet with his time of 2'08.204 until Cortese's late salvo, with Louis Rossi (Racing Team Germany) completing the front row following a strong session.

Luis Salom (RW Racing GP) led the session towards the end but eventually had to settle for fourth position, and the Spaniard will be joined on the second row by Niklas Ajo (TT Motion Events Racing) and rookie Romano Fenati (Team Italia FMI).

Starting the season-opening race from the third row will be Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Airasia-SIC-Ajo), Miguel Oliveira (Estrella Galicia 0'0) and another debutant Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo).

British rider Danny Kent (Red Bull KTM Ajo) ended the session 12th fastest and will therefore begin from row four, whilst compatriot Danny Webb was 25th quickest on the Mahindra Racing machine. Italian Simone Grotzkyj (Ambrogio Next Racing) had a crash with 10 minutes of the session left, and qualified in 29th.

The Moto3 riders will be back on track at 9.20pm local time on Saturday evening for their 20-minute warm up session prior to Sunday's race.

1 Sandro CORTESE Red Bull KTM Ajo 2'08.188 
2 Maverick VIÑALES Blusens Avintia 2'08.204 0.016 / 0.016
3 Louis ROSSI Racing Team Germany 2'08.303 0.115 / 0.099
4 Luis SALOM RW Racing GP Kalex 2'08.566 0.378 / 0.263
5 Niklas AJO TT Motion Events Racing 2'08.734 0.546 / 0.168
6 Romano FENATI Team Italia FMI 2'08.799 0.611 / 0.065
7 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN AirAsia-Sic-Ajo 2'08.847 0.659 / 0.048
8 Miguel OLIVEIRA Estrella Galicia 0,0 2'08.926 0.738 / 0.079
9 Arthur SISSIS Red Bull KTM Ajo 2'09.001 0.813 / 0.075
10 Alexis MASBOU Caretta Technology 2'09.107 0.919 / 0.106
11 Alessandro TONUCCI Team Italia FMI 216.0 2'09.119 0.931 / 0.012
12 Danny KENT Red Bull KTM Ajo 2'09.126 0.938 / 0.007
13 Alex RINS Estrella Galicia 0,0 2'09.139 0.951 / 0.013
14 Alberto MONCAYO Bankia Aspar Team 218.3 2'09.370 1.182 / 0.231
15 Brad BINDER RW Racing GP 216.5 2'09.560 1.372 / 0.190
16 Hector FAUBEL Bankia Aspar Team 2'09.869 1.681 / 0.309
17 Jasper IWEMA Moto FGR 2'09.876 1.688 / 0.007
18 Alan TECHER Technomag-CIP-TSR 2'09.991 1.803 / 0.115
19 Jakub KORNFEIL Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta 215.7 2'10.142 1.954 / 0.151
20 Niccolo ANTONELLI San Carlo Gresini Moto3 2'10.150 1.962 / 0.008
21 Efren VAZQUEZ JHK T-Shirt Laglisse 2'10.577 2.389 / 0.427
22 Ivan MORENO Andalucia JHK Laglisse 215.1 2'10.760 2.572 / 0.183
23 Marcel SCHROTTER Mahindra Racing 2'11.055 2.867 / 0.295
24 Adrian MARTIN JHK T-Shirt Laglisse 2'11.264 3.076 / 0.209
25 Danny WEBB Mahindra Racing 2'11.317 3.129 / 0.053
26 Jack MILLER Caretta Technology 2'11.461 3.273 / 0.144
27 Isaac VIÑALES Ongetta-Centro Seta 2'11.651 3.463 / 0.190
28 Kenta FUJII Technomag-CIP-TSR 2'12.845 4.657 / 1.194
29 Simone GROTZKYJ Ambrogio Next Racing 2'12.960 4.772 / 0.115
30 Luigi MORCIANO Ioda Team Italia 2'13.024 4.836 / 0.064
31 Toni FINSTERBUSCH Cresto Guide MZ Racing 2'13.254 5.066 / 0.230
32 Jonas FOLGER IodaRacing Project 2'13.695 5.507 / 0.441

source: MotoGP Official
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Valentino Rossi will race a Ferrari

Valentino Rossi Blancpain Endurance Series


Valentino Rossi just can't stay away from four wheeled racing. His participation in the Monza Rally is now a fixed event every winter, where he drives his VR46 liveried car, but that won't be his only automobile race this year.  The Doctor will be participating in the first round of the Blancpain Endurance Series, on April 15, at Monza, in the Pro-Am Cup category.  And of course he couldn't pass up the opportunity to drive an Italian legend, a Ferrari, even if it isn't a Formula 1 car.

Vale will share the Ferrari 458 Italia, prepared by the Kessel Racing Team, with his trusted friend Uccio Salucci. The race number has already been chosen, obviously the 46, and the colors will be those of his merchandising company and Monster.  "We decided at the last minute to take part in this round, and doing it together with my friend Uccio will certainly be a lot of fun," Rossi said.

source: GP One
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