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Lorenzo takes fourth pole in a row as Rossi qualifies in fifth

Jorge Lorenzo extended his pole position run to four consecutive races as he put his M1 at the front of the grid once again today at the Sachsenring. His Fiat Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi continued to impress on his return from injury by qualifying fifth, just 0.578 seconds off Lorenzo.

Having struggled for front grip yesterday championship-leader Lorenzo looked much more comfortable today and finished the morning session in first place. Mid-way through qualifying however he suffered an engine problem on the start/finish straight and was forced to pull over. The session was then red-flagged when two riders crashed after hitting the oil that had leaked from his bike, although both have luckily been declared fit to ride tomorrow. On the resumption of action Lorenzo put in a string of fast laps in the high 1’21s, eventually taking pole with four minutes to go before improving again to hold off challenges from Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa, with whom he will share the front row tomorrow.

Rossi continued to look surprisingly strong throughout today’s action, his recently broken leg causing little detriment to his performance on the bike. The 31-year-old World Champion was third this morning and then spent most of this afternoon’s session tweaking the set-up of his M1 to make sure he was as comfortable as possible around the 3.671km track. Post red-flag Rossi jumped up the order to fourth, before Andrea Dovizioso edged him down one place into the middle of the second row. Rossi’s physical condition is positive so far, with not too much pain from either his shoulder or his leg and he is hopeful of being able to complete the race distance tomorrow.

Jorge Lorenzo – Position: 1stTime: 1’21.817Laps: 36
“Since the new engine rule everyone has been starting to feel like these engines never have problems and it was honestly a surprise for me today when I came onto the straight and felt it stop! It was so hot and there was oil on my feet so I had to go into the wall. I’m really sorry that Ben and Randy crashed and especially that Randy was slightly injured, it is good news that he will be able to race tomorrow. This pole position was very hard because Casey and Dani were so fast; I had to push at the maximum and ride really well. Well done to my team because we have improved so much since yesterday and now I’m looking forward to the race tomorrow.”

Valentino Rossi
Valentino Rossi
Valentino Rossi – Position: 5thTime: 1’22.395Laps: 33
“I am really happy after this second day because I feel confident on the bike. I have suffered more today because we’ve had two sessions instead of one and I have some pain and I’m more tired than yesterday, but I feel good and my movement is okay. Also the shoulder feels fine so it’s definitely a positive return for me. Unfortunately today at the end we tried a small modification to improve the setting but it made it worse, so I think we lost one position for this. I don’t think the front row was possible because Lorenzo, Stoner and Pedrosa went under 1’22 and I don’t think I could have done that today. For tomorrow of course there is a question mark but I hope to be able to finish; I think the podium will be difficult for me but top five would be a very good result.

Wilco Zeelenberg – Team Manager
“Compared to yesterday we have improved the setting a lot and this morning Jorge was already able to improve by a few tenths in every section. This afternoon he felt good on the bike again and both types of Bridgestone tyre are working very well. It was another strong performance from him at the end, as we’ve become used to lately, but it was quite close and it will be a tough race tomorrow. As for the engine, we now have one less from our allocation of six and we need time to understand what happened; luckily it wasn’t a new engine, it’s been in use a long time but it’s never nice when something like this happens. We’re very sorry for the riders that fell and especially for Randy because he has some pain, things happening at that speed are always dangerous and we wish him our best and very much hope it won’t affect him in the race tomorrow.”

Davide Brivio – Team Manager
“A very good session; if we’d known two days ago we would be qualifying in fifth we would have been very happy. Things are going well with Valentino’s condition and so as a result we’re feeling more and more competitive as time goes on! We’re working hard on the bike setting and his leg and shoulder seem to be reacting well to the pressure. He is already quite fast and the second row is good for us. We have to wait and see how he gets on in the race tomorrow because 30 laps is a lot but we have a good starting position and I expect that his racing attitude will prevail! We are very happy to be here, to have got through the practice and whatever happens tomorrow it is all a bonus.”

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team targets strong Sachsenring race

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 riders Colin Edwards and Ben Spies are determined to bounce back from a tough qualifying session with strong results in tomorrow’s Sachsenring MotoGP race.

Edwards and Spies will start tomorrow’s 30-lap race from 12th and 13th on the grid respectively as both were unlucky to see their hard work and effort go unrewarded at the tight and twisty German venue.

Edwards posted a best time of 1.23.026 to start 12th on the grid, the 36-year-old working tirelessly to improve the set-up of his YZR-M1 machine in conditions that could not have been more wildly contrasting compared to the searing temperatures experienced during yesterd ay’s opening practice session.

Hot and humid weather was replaced by much cooler conditions and qualifying took place under grey and gloomy skies but with no repeat of the torrential rain and thunderstorms that hit the track earlier.

Edwards was just over 0.5s away from the top six at the end of the session having experimented once again with different weight distribution settings on his YZR-M1 machine.

Circumstances conspired against luckless Spies this afternoon and his final position certainly didn’t reflect his true potential after he’d been fastest Yamaha on track yesterday on his first visit to the Sachsenring.

Spies had just climbed to the brink of the top ten and was poised to begin his challenge on Bridgestone’s soft compound tyre when he fell heavily at the first corner with just over 25 minutes remaining. Spies crashed out having been unable to avoid oil dropped by Jorge Lorenzo after the Spaniard experienced a technical problem. The session was immediately red flagged as Randy de Puniet quickly followed Spies into the gravel. Spies was able to walk away from the incident unscathed and he quickly regained his composure to try and claim a third successive top six grid position.

But the 26-year-old was unable to restart the session on his number one YZR-M1 machine that was badly damaged in the crash. Spies put in his maximum effort to try and improve his grid position on his spare bike, but a rousing late charge from the reigning World Superbike champion couldn’t move him higher than 13th on the timesheets with a best time of 1.23.028. He was just over a tenth-a-of-second away from the top ten and 0.002s behind Edwards.

Both Edwards and Spies are aiming for a strong finish to boost confidence ahead of their crucial home race at Laguna Seca in California next Sunday (July 25).

Colin Edwards
Colin Edwards
Colin Edwards – Position: 12thTime: 1’23.026Laps: 32
“That was not an easy session at all and I feel like I rode much better than 12th. The amount of effort I’m putting in is not being reflected in the results and that is frustrating. It is not through a lack of trying and I’ve got to thank my guys at Monster Yamaha Tech 3 because they have worked incredibly hard as always on the bike. We’ve tried pretty much everything. We put weight on the front and we took it off, we put weight on the rear and we changed the springs and pre-load and we did everything you could imagine and nothing was a big difference. Tomorrow’s race is going to be tough because this track is so tight that overtaking is not easy. At best I’d say I’m going to be fi ghting for seventh but I’ll be riding as hard as I can to give myself some confidence ahead of Laguna Seca next weekend. That is a huge weekend for Ben and I and I want to arrive home in a positive frame of mind and ready for a good weekend.”

Ben Spies
Ben Spies
Ben Spies – Position: 13thTime: 1’23.028Laps: 35
“It obviously wasn’t a good session when you look where I ended up and everything that could go wrong pretty much went wrong. I really believe we have a good pace but now we’re starting way back and we’ve got to try and get a good start and come through the field. But where we qualified today doesn’t reflect where we should be. I’d only been riding one bike this weekend and that got tore up in the crash. The lap times on my number one bike I definitely had something in the bag for qualifying to go faster than I did. But the best I could do on the spare bike was match the times I managed on the number one bike. The one decent lap I was on at the end that would have put me a row ahead, de Angelis crashed in front of me at the top of the hill and that just upset my lap. Before that though the incident at the first corner was crucial. I’d just finished my stint and was pulling in at the end of the lap to start going for a qualifying time. All of a sudden I was on the ground and I hadn’t really tipped in. I saw de Puniet’s bike fly right past me and. I walked over to his bike and looked at the front tyre and saw it had oil all over it so I knew there was nothing I could do. Luckily I’m fine and will give it my best shot tomorrow.”
Circuit Length: 3671
Temp: 24
Weather: Dry

Lap Record: 1’23.082 (Daniel Pedrosa, 01/01/2007)
Fastest Lap Ever: 1’21.067 (Casey Stoner, 13/07/2008)
Last Years Winner: Valentino Rossi

2010 MotoGP Germany – Sachsenring 17/07/2010

Qualifying 1

Pos. Rider Manu. Nat. Total Time
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha ESP 1’21.817
2 Casey Stoner Ducati AUS 1’21.841
3 Daniel Pedrosa Honda ESP 1’21.948
4 Andrea Dovizioso Honda ITA 1’22.263
5 Valentino Rossi Yamaha ITA 1’22.395
6 Hector Barbera Ducati ESP 1’22.454
7 Randy De Puniet Honda FRA 1’22.610
8 Marco Simoncelli Honda ITA 1’22.624
9 Aleix Espargaro Ducati ESP 1’22.910
10 Marco Melandri Honda ITA 1’22.917
11 Mika Kallio Ducati FIN 1’22.961
12 Colin Edwards Yamaha USA 1’23.026
13 Ben Spies Yamaha USA 1’23.028
14 Loris Capirossi Suzuki ITA 1’23.040
15 Nicky Hayden Ducati USA 1’23.090


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