Saturday, September 3, 2011

Stoner regains the lead in Misano qualifying

Casey Stoner set out into the afternoon qualifying session intent on taking pole position for the San Marino race on Sunday, and not only achieved his goal but broke his own lap record set in 2008 with a lap time of 1’33.138.

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo made a late push for the pole after leading the majority of the session, but missed out on the top spot by 0.120s to take second beside Championship leader Stoner. Last year’s pole man and race winner Dani Pedrosa’s time of 1’33.318 gave him the final spot on the front row.

Ben Spies (Yamaha Factory Racing), who started from fifth last year and finished the race sixth, will start his Yamaha YZR-M1 at the head of the second row after posting a time of 1’33.947. The American is joined by Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team), whose time of 1'33.990 landed him fifth, while Andrea Dovizioso of Repsol Honda takes the sixth spot on the end of row two.

Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) heads the third row, with Álvaro Bautista,whose eighth place start is his best yet of the season, joining American. Héctor Barberá (Mapfre Aspar ) who finished ninth and was the first non-factory Ducati last year in the MotoGP race at Misano, qualified ninth to complete row three.

Hiroshi Aoyama (San Carlo Honda Gresini) completed the top ten riders, while Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team) follows in 11th, 1.538s off the pole position time set by Stoner.

Cal Crutchlow (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) had a crash when pushing hard at the end of the qualifying session, ending up 13th on the grid just behind Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing), while Randy de Puniet (Pramac Racing) had a crash early in the qualifying practice, falling just after posting the sixth fastest time. The French rider ended the session in 14th place, ahead of ahead of Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) in 15th.

source: MotoGP official website

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