Jorge Lorenzo was able to steal the pole from de Puniet near the end of the session to take his first pole of the ’10 season.
On Saturday Fiat Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo once again demonstrated his speed and consistency by taking his first pole position of the 2010 season at Silverstone. Trailing Lorenzo were LCR Honda’s Randy de Puniet and Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, who both posted impressive performances before crashing near the end of the session.
In what was an eventful qualifying session championship leader Lorenzo battled with De Puniet toward the last half of the event with Lorenzo taking the upper hand over the Frenchman near the end with a lap of 2’03.308.
De Puniet was able to impress onlookers when he knocked half a second off Lorenzo’s time with just 15 minutes left, and shortly afterwards managed to shave even more off his own time. In the end, however, De Puniet’s time was not was not enough to claim top position as Lorenzo stole the pole position back. In addition to posting some fast laps, De Puniet also suffered a crash that left him uninjured near the close of the session as he continued to push for the top time.
Taking the last spot on the front row was Pedrosa. Just 0.152 seconds behind De Puniet, Pedrosa saved his fastest time for the final lap on the circuit. Immediately afterward Pedrosa spilled his bike on Turn 12, and the Spaniard was not as lucky as De Puniet. He was taken off the track on a stretcher and given X-rays trackside that confirmed bruising to his left and right knees. It is unclear at this time if he will be competing in Sunday’s race.
Taking the first position in the second row is Pedrosa’s teammate Andrea Dovizioso. Off his teammate’s pace by just four-tenths, Dovizioso was the final rider to get within one second of Lorenzo’s pace.
The Ducati Marlboro team of Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner took fifth and sixth respectively with just 0.062 seconds separating the teammates.
Rounding out the top-10 were Ben Spies from Monster Yamaha Tech 3, the San Carlo Honda team of Marco Melandri and Marco Simoncelli, and Spies’ teammate Colin Edwards.
MotoGP Silverstone Qualifying Results:
After taking third-place in qualifying Honda’s Dani Pedrosa suffered a crash that resulted in bruised knees.
1. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 2’03.308
2. Randy de Puniet (Honda) 2’03.434
3. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 2’03.586
4. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) 2’03.995
5. Nicky Hayden (Ducati) 2’04.332
6. Casey Stoner (Ducati) 2’04.394
7. Ben Spies (Yamaha) 2’04.477
8. Marco Melandri (Honda) 2’04.555
9. Marco Simoncelli (Honda) 2’04.868
10. Colin Edwards (Yamaha) 2’05.035
11. Hector Barbera (Ducati) 2’05.354
12. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda) 2’05.712
13. Aleix Espargaro (Ducati) 2’05.748
14. Loris Capirossi (Suzuki) 2’05.821
15. Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki) 2’06.607
16. Mika Kallio (Ducati) 2’06.980
Taking his first world champion pole position was Forward Racing’s Claudio Corti. The Italian was immediately followed by Jules Cluzel to give Forward Racing an impressive showing on Saturday during qualifying at Silverstone. Corti snatched his first pole with a best lap of 2’09.624 and was the first rider to run under the 2’10” mark so far this weekend.
Jules Cluzel (#16) took second-place in qualifying behind teammate Claudio Corti to make it a 1-2 day for the Forward Racing Team.
Just 0.413 seconds off Corti’s pace, Cluzel was satisfied with his third consecutive front row start this season. Stefan Bradl of Viessmann Kiefer Racing was 0.376 seconds behind the Frenchman with Mapfre Aspar’s Julian Simon hot on his heels and trailing by just six-thousandths of a second.
Yonny Hernandez came in with the fifth-best time of the day at 2’10.475. Also posting a decent qualifying time was Holiday Gym G22 fill-in rider Xavier Simeon, who took sixth-place on the Silverstone circuit. Caretta Technology Race Department’s Alex Baldolini and Arne Tode of Racing Team Germany took seventh and eighth respectively and both qualified for second-row starts.
After placing 12th British rider Scott Redding will start from the third row. Just one spot ahead of Redding was Technomag-CIP rider Shoya Tomizawa in 11th. Even further back was current championship leader Toni Elias, who took 18th during the qualifying session.
Moto2 Silverstone Qualifying Results:
1 Claudio Corti (Suter) 2’09.624
2 Jules Cluzel (Suter) 2’10.037
3 Stefan Bradl (Suter) 2’10.413
Current championship leader Toni Elias (#24) was only able to muster an 18th-place position in Saturday’s qualifying at Silverstone.
4 Julian Simon (Suter) 2’10.419
5 Yonny Hernandez (BQR-Moto2) 2’10.475
6 Xavier Simeon (Moriwaki) 2’10.492
7 Alex Baldolini (I.C.P.) 2’10.578
8 Arne Tode (Suter) 2’10.634
9 Thomas Luthi (Moriwaki) 2’10.654
10 Fonsi Nieto (Moriwaki) 2’10.668
11 Shoya Tomizawa (Suter) 2’10.688
12 Scott Redding (Suter) 2’10.768
13 Dominique Aegerter (Suter) 2’10.773
14 Karel Abraham (FTR) 2’10.802
15 Simone Corsi (Motobi) 2’10.821
16. Andrea Iannone (Speed Up) 2’10.846
17. Alex Debon (FTR) 2’10.864
18. Toni Elias (Moriwaki) 2’11.050
23. Kenny Noyes (Promoharris) 2’11.410