Ducati’s Casey Stoner took his second pole of the 2010 season at Aragon ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa.
Ducati Marlboro’s Casey Stoner set a scorching pace on his penultimate lap in Saturday’s qualifying session at the Aragon circuit, taking his second pole of the season by more than 0.3-seconds ahead of Fiat Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo. The Ducati rider was the only one to dip below the 1’49 mark at the Spanish circuit. Stoner’s previous pole was taken in the season opener at Qatar, and the Aussie was long overdue for the Number 1 spot on the grid. The podium was rounded out by Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, whose time of 1’49.343 was 0.4-seconds off the pace.
After securing second on the grid Lorenzo will start from the front row for his 15th time this season.
“I’m riding well and I am happy about how I have improved my riding style in every practice to better suit this new track,” said Lorenzo. “I also understand the track better on every lap so this helps me to be faster. We are losing some time on the straight at the end of the lap so we have to be very strong in all the other parts to try to make up for it. We can’t do anything about this so it’s important that I know how to ride the rest of the track perfectly.”
Lorenzo will be joined by fellow Spaniard Pedrosa, who was in contention for pole throughout the majority of the session until he ran wide and sacrificed precious time. Stoner’s teammate, Nicky Hayden, just missed the front row by 0.163 seconds after taking fourth in the session. The top-five times were completed by Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Ben Spies, who rode impressively and was six-tenths adrift of Stoner’s pace.
Frenchman Randy de Puniet will be filling sixth-place on the grid after the LCR Honda rider continued to improve in the qualifying session. De Puniet was followed by reigning MotoGP champion, Valentino Rossi, who was more than one second off the pace, followed by Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso in eighth.
“This morning was a bit of a disaster,” Rossi said. “This afternoon things were a bit better but we are still not that fast. Unfortunately, with the softer Bridgestone tire at the end for my fast lap I made a small mistake and lost half a second,
Fiat Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo secured his 15th consecutive front row start of the ’10 season during qualifying at Aragon.
otherwise I think I could have been fourth. Now we have to start from the third row and the start of the race will be very important because I have to try to improve my position and stay with the leaders.”
San Carlo Honda’s Marco Simoncelli and Ducati’s Hector Barbera rounded out the top-10 and will be starting Sunday’s race from the third and fourth row, respectively.
2010 MotoGP Aragon Qualifying Results:
1. Casey Stoner (Ducati) 1’48.942
2. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 1’49.251
3. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 1’49.343
4. Nicky Hayden (Ducati) 1’49.506
5. Ben Spies (Yamaha) 1’49.565
6. Randy de Puniet (Honda) 1’49.952
7. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 1’50.017
8. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) 1’50.046
9. Marco Simoncelli (Honda) 1’50.088
10. Hector Barbera (Ducati) 1’50.323
11. Colin Edwards (Yamaha) 1’50.440
12. Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki) 1’50.523
13. Aleix Espargaro (Ducati) 1’50.537
14. Marco Melandri (Honda) 1’50.580
15. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda) 1’50.836
16. Mika Kallio (Ducati) 1’51.490
Fimmco Speed Up’s Andrea Iannone posted a lightning-fast lap at the end of the session ahead of Scott Redding.
Fimmco Speed Up’s Andrea Iannone posted a brilliant final lap at the Aragon circuit in Moto 2 to take pole ahead of Marc VDS Racing’s Scott Redding and JiR Moto2’s Alex de Angelis. It is the Italian’s fifth pole of the ’10 season and was achieved by a margin of less than 0.041 seconds ahead of Redding, who was on track to take his first World Championship pole in the final stages until Iannone completed his final lap. De Angelis will be starting from the front row after completing a lap just five-thousandths of a second adrift of Redding. Mapfre Aspar’s Julian Simon, currently tied for second-place in the standings, filled the final spot on the front row after taking fourth in the books.
JiR Moto2’s Simone Corsi suffered a fall during the session that resulted in little damage and the Italian went on to take fifth in the session after posting a lap of 1’55.499. Forward Racing’s Claudio Corti trailed closely behind in sixth, followed by Fimmco Speed Up’s Gabor Talmacsi and Moriwaki ‘s Michele Pirro in seventh and eighth respectively.
All the way back in 12th-place and more than 0.6 seconds off the pace was championship leader Toni Elias, who had a minor crash at Turn 1. Interwetten Moriwaki’s Thomas Luthi struggled even more during the session which saw the Swiss rider take 20th on the grid after posting a time that was nearly a second adrift of Iannone.
2010 Moto 2 Aragon Qualifying Results:
Championship leader Toni Elias struggled after crashing during qualifying and could only muster 12th on the grid.
1. Andrea Iannone (Speed Up) 1’55.148
2. Scott Redding (Suter) 1’55.189
3. Alex de Angelis (Motobi) 1’55.194
4. Julian Simon (Suter) 1’55.364
5. Simone Corsi (Motobi) 1’55.499
6. Claudio Corti (Suter) 1’55.585
7. Gabor Talmacsi (Speed Up) 1’55.627
8. Michele Pirro (Moriwaki) 1’55.752
9. Stefan Bradl (Suter) 1’55.752
10. Raffaele de Rosa (Tech 3) 1’55.794
11. Dominique Aegerter (Suter) 1’55.819
12. Toni Elias (Moriwaki) 1’55.838
13. Kev Coghlan (FTR) 1’55.859
14. Jules Cluzel (Suter) 1’55.882
15. Mike di Meglio (Suter) 1’55.941