Brno: Record quali for Jorge
POLE - AND A RECORD: Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo not only took pole for the 2012 Czech MotoGP but also broke the qualifying lap record.
Brno, Czech Republic - Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo was on record-breaking pace during qualifying for the 2012 Czech MotoGP here on Saturday and took pole for Sunday’s race.
The front row will be shared by Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow and Honda’s Dani Pedrosa.
CRUTCHLOW FOR 2013
Lorenzo’s time in the high 1min55s only narrowly beat Crutchlow into second on the grid, according to the MotoGP website, despite the Brit crashing half way through the session. Crutchlow re-signed with the squad for 2013 on Saturday and put in his best MotoGP qualifying result yet.
Pedrosa’s quali session got off to a bad start when he dropped his bike in the early stages.
The second row will be led by Lorenzo’s team mate Ben Spies in fourth with slot five filled by Andrea Dovizioso who had to park his bike with a technical problem and Ducati’s Valentino Rossi in sixth place.
Row three will accommodate Stefan Bradl, Alvaro Bautista and local rider Karel Abraham, who will have delighted his home fans despite dropping his bike in the gravel at the end.
Aspar’s Randy de Puniet – another rider who tumbled – will start 10th.
2012 Czech Republic MotoGP qualifying times
1 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 1min55.799
2 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Yamaha 1min55.995
3 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 1min56.327
4 Ben Spies (US) Yamaha 1min56.331
5 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Yamaha 1min56.559
6 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Ducati 1min56.735
7 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda 1min56.827
8 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda 1min57.068
9 Karel Abraham (Czech Republic) Ducati 1min57.773
10 Randy de Puniet (France) Aprilia 1min57.844
Moto3 qualification result
1 Maverick Vinales (Spain) Honda 2min08.075
2 Sandro Cortese (Germany) KTM 2min08.108
3 Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Malaysia) KTM 2min08.504
4 Niccolo Antonelli (Italy) Honda 2min08.660
5 Luis Salom (Spain) Kalex 2min08.719
6 Hector Faubel (Spain) Kalex 2min08.880
7 Jakub Kornfeil (Czech Republic) Honda 2min09.019
8 Alex Rins (Spain) Honda 2min09.221
9 Danny Kent (Britain) KTM 2min09.307
10 Jonas Folger (Germany) Ioda 2min09.382
1 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Kalex 2min01.953
2 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Suter 2min02.235
3 Scott Redding (Britain) Kalex 2min02.239
4 Marc Marquez (Spain) Suter 2min02.342
5 Simone Corsi (Italy) FTR 2min02.838
6 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Speed up 2min02.914
7 Takaaki Nakagami (Japan) Kalex 2min02.981
8 Nicolas Terol (Spain) Suter 2min03.128
9 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Suter 2min03.130
10 Johann Zarco (France) Motobi 2min03.142