Yamaha in hot slot for Losail

2012-04-07 20:53

LOSAIL, Qatar - Jorge Lorenzo came out on top for pole position in the 2012 Qatar MotoGP with Casey Stoner right behind him despite a devastating display in qualifying at Losail.

Cal Crutchlow made it two Yamahas on the front row for the first MotoGP meeting of the year with his best-yet qualifying display and after holding a few fastest laps.

Lorenzo beat Australian World champion Casey Stoner (Honda) by 0.221sec on the new 1000cc bikes.


Lorenzo's 1min54.634 gave him the edge over Stoner as the pair swopped the lead more than once in the final few minutes of the one-hour session under floodlights on Saturday evening

Crutchlow's 1min55.022 left him just 0.167sec behind Stoner.

Ben Spies (Yamaha) set the fourth-fastest time before a crash five minutes from the end of qualifying ended his session prematurely and Nicky Hayden (Ducati) was the highest placing Desmosedici in fifth.

Andrea Dovizioso will start his first race for the Yamaha Tech 3 team from the second row after going sixth fastest.

Heading up the third row will be Dani Pedrosa (Honda), who will be accompanied by H├ęctor Barbara and rookie Stefan Bradl (Honda).

Karel Abraham crashed at the very end of the session but had already qualified 10th and will have Alvaro Bautista (Honda Gresini) and Valentino Rossi (Ducati) for company on row four.

Sunday's race times
Moto 3 - 5.45pm (SH2,SS5)
Moto 2 - 7pm (SH2,SS5)
Moto GP - 8.45pm (SS5)

Results from Qatar MotoGP qualification

1 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 1min54.634 
2 Casey Stoner (Australia) Honda 1min54.855 
3 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Yamaha 1min55.022 
4 Ben Spies (US) Yamaha 1min55.512 
5 Nicky Hayden (U.S.) Ducati 1min55.637 
6 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Yamaha 1min55.858 
7 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 1min55.905 
8 Hector Barbera (Spain) Ducati 1min55.983 
9 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda 1min56.063 
10 Karel Abraham (Czech Republic) Ducati 1min56.198