Simoncelli swoops late to claim first Moto GP pole
Sunday 05 June 2011
Marco Simoncelli made a late dash to deprive Casey Stoner of pole position for today's MotoGP at the Catalunya Circuit in Spain. The Australian Stoner had been 0.122sec clear of his nearest challenger, Jorge Lorenzo of Spain, after the morning session, with Simoncelli a further three-tenths back .
But the Italian, whose collision with Dani Pedrosa in the French GP left the Catalan with a broken collarbone, burst through on his San Carlo Honda Gresini in the last 30 seconds of qualifying with a lap of 1min 42.413sec to earn his first pole since graduating from the 250cc class to MotoGP two years ago.
Repsol Honda's Stoner was only 0.016sec behind, with Lorenzo completing the front row in 1:42.728 on his factory Yamaha.
Ben Spies, Lorenzo's American team-mate, narrowly missed out on a front-row position and will join the Italian Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) and Cal Crutchlow (Monster Yamaha) on row two.
The Ducati pair Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden had to settle for places on row three, the Italian edging ahead of his American team-mate for the first time all weekend.
The Czech rider Karel Abraham returned after an early crash but finished 15th and last, while Monster Yamaha's Colin Edwards was absent after crashing out in the second practice session and suffering a similar injury to Pedrosa, who has played no part in the weekend.
Edwards underwent successful surgery which saw a metal plate inserted in the injured joint, and his rookie team-mate Crutchlow said: "It's a shame Colin is not here because I can learn a lot from him. He sent the team a text saying he wanted to see me 'kick some ass', so hopefully I can do that for him."
1. M Simoncelli (It) Gresini Honda 1min 42.413sec; 2. C Stoner (Aus) Repsol Honda 1:42.429; 3. J Lorenzo (Sp) Yamaha 1;42.728; 4. B Spies (US) Yamaha 1:42.742; 5. A Dovizioso (It) Repsol Honda 1:42.749; 6. C Crutchlow (GB) Tech 3 Yamaha 1:43.202; 7. V Rossi (It) Ducati 1:43.223; 8. N Hayden (US) Ducati 1:43.228; 9. A Bautista (Sp) Rizla Suzuki 1:43.447; 10. H Barbera (Sp) Aspar Ducati 1:43.656; 11. H Aayama (Japan) Gresini Honda 1:43.734; 12. R de Puniet (Fr) Pramac Ducati 1:43.764; 13. L Capirossi (It) Pramac Ducati 1:44.068; 14. T Elias (Sp) LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1:44.510; 15. K Abraham (Cze) Ducati 1:45.661.
Phil Neville and his fellow Match of the Day pundits given warning by the BBC after 'smash them' comment
Manchester United transfer news and rumours: David De Gea could leave for FREE; £38m for Marquinhos; £37m bid for Mats Hummels;
Transfer news LIVE: Manchester United to make £37m Mats Hummels bid; Inter plan Yaya Toure move; Shola Ameobi joins Crystal Palace
Gabriel Paulista: Talented Brazilian could grow into world-class defender at Arsenal
Liverpool transfer news and rumours: Mario Balotelli's agent speaks as Brendan Rodgers swoops for German duo
- 2 Russian girl takes her own life after parents find pornography on her computer
- 4 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia