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Jerez Qualifying Sees Lorenzo on Pole; Rossi Back in 13th

It has been wet in Jerez this weekend with rain expected for tomorrow’s race.  Qualifying today was mostly dry, however, with wet patches on the track.  Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) gambled with dry tires and a dry set-up to take pole in conditions he called “dangerous”. The front row is filled out with Dani Pedrosa (Honda) and Nicky Hayden (Ducati).

Hayden, who is quite happy with the new Ducati, is good friends with Casey Stoner (no surprise, the two were teammates at Ducati for several years), and Stoner was queried about Valentino Rossi’s problems this weekend.  Rossi qualified 13th, which is bad enough in itself, but he was only 4th fastest among the Ducatis.  Stoner was quoted with this observation about Rossi’s struggles:  “We can see it’s not completely the bike because Nicky is getting good results and he is more and more happy with it.”

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 282.1 1’39.532
2 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 283.5 1’39.667 0.135 / 0.135
3 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 282.3 1’40.563 1.031 / 0.896
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 281.7 1’40.570 1.038 / 0.007
5 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 285.9 1’40.577 1.045 / 0.007
6 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 280.9 1’41.090 1.558 / 0.513
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 284.0 1’41.180 1.648 / 0.090
8 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 286.9 1’41.447 1.915 / 0.267
9 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 287.3 1’41.550 2.018 / 0.103
10 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 265.6 1’41.700 2.168 / 0.150
11 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 284.2 1’41.724 2.192 / 0.024
12 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 288.8 1’41.871 2.339 / 0.147
13 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 282.3 1’42.961 3.429 / 1.090
14 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 267.7 1’43.135 3.603 / 0.174
15 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 268.2 1’43.363 3.831 / 0.228
16 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 266.5 1’44.308 4.776 / 0.945
17 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 269.5 1’44.467 4.935 / 0.159
18 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 257.4 1’44.645 5.113 / 0.178
19 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 261.4 1’44.717 5.185 / 0.072
20 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 264.8 1’45.724 6.192 / 1.007
21 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 264.5 1’46.200 6.668 / 0.476


  1. Brian says:

    Colin had a bad crash during qualifying from what I’ve heard. Crutchlow is awesome, looking back to his world supersport
    Days. Ben will come through, but Lin Jarvis had comments in the off season seeming to suggest Ben is out, even
    Before the season started. I hate that they are bringing Bradley Smith into Yamaha without being deserving.
    I think Dovi moving to Yamaha was their thought for the future factory rider, but Crutchlow is cementing his worth.

  2. brinskee says:

    A few interesting things to note:

    Where is Spies? Behind Crutchlow? Wow. I’m a fan of Spies – never hidden that fact – but if he doesn’t watch out, his factory ride will go to Crutchlow next year. I follow him on twitter, and he really needs to focus less on bicycling, and more on motorbikes… quite disappointed in what I’ve seen so far this season.

    Colin Edwards qualified last!? Anyone have any more on that story? He’s been fastest CRT bike so far… strange.

    Oh Vale. What is happening?

    Nice to see Stoner being put in place by Jorge. And Nicky is having a bit of a comeback… I hope it continues!

    • Pablo says:

      I don’t think Stoner has ever one at this track and I don’t expect this will change any time soon. A wet race would be awesome and really sort the men from the boys. I’m no fan of Pedrosa but he seems to be able to get unbelevable starts almost every race and I think there is a high possibility he will lead from start to finish. He is also a demon in the wet! I do wonder if we will ever really know what is going on with VR. I pray that he works his sh1t out and starts racing with the front runners. Go Casey,

      • Scott in the UK says:

        Casey back in his place I see! 🙂

        • brinskee says:

          It looked like Jorge was going to catch Stoner at the end! Great race. Spies, if you’re reading this, it is now time to panic. Burn your bicycles. Pull out all the stops. Do whatever it takes man. There is NO excuse for 11th place.

        • Tim says:

          Stoner just has a faster straight line bike. When Lorenzo got close at the end Stoner just had to twist the throttle. Lorenzo was later on brakes but there was too big of a horsepower discrempancy to overcome. If Yamaha can catch up a bit on the Horsepower, this will be a competitive season. If not, it will be more of the same.

          At least the top 2 riders are battling at the front, so there is some entertainment value.

          • Pete says:

            You haven’t done much road racing have you Tim? If simply having the fastest bike in a straight line meant anything,the Ducati’s would be winning.

    • Norm G. says:

      re: “re: “I’m a fan of Spies – never hidden that fact – but if he doesn’t watch out, his factory ride will go to Crutchlow next year.”

      his factory ride will go nowhere. there aren’t any multi-million dollar tracks under construction in crutchlow’s home town.

      • Pete McDonald says:

        I think you’re wrong. The powers that be love having Poms in the series. Hence why they’ve signed Bradley Smith for Tech3 next year.

  3. Dale says:

    De Puniet on the ART CRT qualified impressively. How about Nicky! I’m hoping for a wet race, I think it would tighten up the field. It should be a good race.