2012 Sachsenring MotoGP Qualifying Practice Result: Thrilling End To Soaking Qualifying Session

Results and summary of a scintillating qualifying session for tomorrow's German MotoGP race:

Casey Stoner has taken his fourth pole of the year, winning a thrilling shootout with six other riders to take pole with his very last lap. Pole changed hands at least fifteen times in the last 10 minutes, and four times in the final 15 seconds, Stoner emerging as fastest on a soaking track.

The session had started inauspiciously for the Australian, Stoner's Repsol Honda cutting out and leaving him stranded with an electrical problem early on. Once back in the garage and out on his other bike, he was soon up to speed.

As the session entered its final 15 minutes, it looked like there would be home joy for the German fans. Stefan Bradl setting a blistering pace, grabbing provisional pole early. The LCR Honda man would be challenged by Nicky Hayden on the factory Ducati, the two men swapping fastest times as they lapped. As the final 5 minutes dawned, Ben Spies and Cal Crutchlow got involved, with Dani Pedrosa not far behind. After the flag fell, the lead passed from rider to rider as each crossed the line, Crutchlow deposing Stoner, Pedrosa knocking off Crutchlow, Spies pushing Pedrosa aside, before Stoner seized control once again to finish top.

Stoner will start from pole, with the Factory Yamaha of Ben Spies the filling in a Repsol Honda front row sandwich, Dani Pedrosa ending in 3rd. Cal Crutchlow heads up the second row, just fractionally quicker than Jorge Lorenzo, with Stefan Bradl dropping to 6th. After a strong early start, Nicky Hayden was bumped down to 7th, just inside a second off the pace of Stoner, while Andrea Dovizioso took 8th ahead of Valentino Rossi. Aleix Espargaro put in a very strong performance to finish in 10th, not just first CRT bike but also ahead of the Honda RC213V of Alvaro Bautista and the Pramac Ducati of Hector Barbera, the conditions narrowing the gap between the CRTs and the factory prototypes.

After a soaking second day of practice, race day is forecast to be dry. But forecasts so far have proven to be notoriously unreliable here in Germany.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 1 Casey STONER HONDA 1'31.796    
2 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'31.989 0.193 0.193
3 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'32.081 0.285 0.092
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 1'32.288 0.492 0.207
5 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'32.381 0.585 0.093
6 6 Stefan BRADL HONDA 1'32.510 0.714 0.129
7 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'32.795 0.999 0.285
8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO YAMAHA 1'33.205 1.409 0.410
9 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 1'33.217 1.421 0.012
10 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 1'33.900 2.104 0.683
11 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA HONDA 1'34.088 2.292 0.188
12 8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'34.542 2.746 0.454
13 5 Colin EDWARDS SUTER 1'34.649 2.853 0.107
14 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 1'34.651 2.855 0.002
15 54 Mattia PASINI ART 1'34.938 3.142 0.287
16 9 Danilo PETRUCCI IODA 1'35.590 3.794 0.652
17 51 Michele PIRRO FTR 1'35.595 3.799 0.005
18 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ BQR 1'35.962 4.166 0.367
19 22 Ivan SILVA BQR 1'36.183 4.387 0.221
20 77 James ELLISON ART 1'36.355 4.559 0.172
21 2 Franco BATTAINI DUCATI 1'36.438 4.642 0.083


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I thought Rossi/Hayden may have their first pole after seeing the track soaked in so much standing water. But was surprised at how awfully slow was Rossi on a wet track compared to Hayden.

So can we come to a conclusion that Rossi has given up on the Ducati be it Wet or Dry?

This coming from a seriously displeased Rossi fan who had hoped for a good wet qualifying.

Motogp(Dorna?) twitter account tweeted that Stoner had taken advantage of a drying track to post a good time - How inaccurate is it?

Stoner posted that time on a soaked up circuit and not a drying one. It wasn't raining but it was not drying either.

Hayden and Rossi are 2nd and 3rd fastest through T1, Hayden is still 2nd fastest in T2 half a second faster than his teammate, 7th fastest through T4 over 4 tenths ahead of Rossi then 8th fastest in the last sector, even with Rossi.


Hayden helps selling Ducatis in the US which recently became Ducati first market, never complains about the bike, does not throw his colleagues or employers under the bus, does not threaten to leave, is consistently faster in practice and pretty even with Rossi during the races (2 points behind in the championship). Yet if Rossi chooses to stay he's likely to be given the boot.
It's not Rossi's fault, but Hayden does not deserve such treatment.

I was certainly not a fan in 2006 but he has shown class, speed and consistency and even if he's no alien if he wasn't on a Ducati he could very well be "best of the rest".

Not going to happen but I would love to see him on a Yamaha next year, instead he'll probably go to WSBK or AMA. I reckon that if Cal and Nicky switched bikes the Yam would still beat the Duke more often than not.

due to the last 10-12 minutes, today was the best QP this year so far. but at the end i am quite disappointed to see stoner and pedrosa again in the front row. it was so exciting and unusual to see bradl, hayden, spies and crutchlow snatching pole one after the other again and again. well at least spies is 2nd, something unusual. nothing against the two repsols in the front row, but it'd have been far more interesting to see the other two positions in the front row besides spies filled by hayden or crutchlow or bradl for a change.

It would be nice to see him give josh Hayes some competition in ama superbike. He has proven to be a world class rider and deserves a competitive ride in motoGP or Wsbk.

Nicky was riding the Duc for all it's worth today in the rain. Look how far ahead he was of all the other ducatis including Rossi. That was a Awesome last couple minutes. I was rooting for Nicky to get Pole or at least front row but at least he rode the wheels off the thing. And lets not hear any more of this Nicky to AMA crap please.

Interesting that for much of the session one if not two CRT bikes had posted times faster than Rossi yet weekend after weekend it sounds like he has his choice of factory bike to choose from next year. Also waiting to hear if rumors are true of Spies resigning with Yamaha.

Thats whats been missing from the earlier than ever silly season so far; good old fashioned political ducking, diving & subterfuge!

Can only assume this is pressure from Yamaha USA focussed towards the factory, don't forget the team is Italian; Dovi is probably the natural choice for them. Crutchlow probably deserves the ride but being honest, he'll never have the funding behind him or the political support the so called "wrong passport" brings.....

Looking forward to seeing if BS can hold it together tomorrow from the front row? Spies v Crutchlow will be a fascinating battle. :)

Theres's no doubt that Crutchlow has improved greatly since his rather ordinary 2011 'rookie' season, but he still has some way to go before he can be considered to be a genuine contender for a factory Yamaha ride.

Great qualifying speed has failed to translate into any podium finishes for the 26 yr old Crutchlow - in stark contrast to his team-mate, Dovi.

Despite being new to the M1, Dovi has climbed the podium twice in the last three races and both he and Jorge remain the only Yamaha riders to have mounted the rostrum this year to date.

Lorenzo and Dovi would make a very strong 2013 Yamaha line-up indeed.

Yeah, Crutchlow blew it today and Dovi has now overtaken him in the Championship. Dovi as I intimated in the above post would be the best fit for the Factory team, I'm still really impressed with CC's performances with an ankle that was fractured only a few weeks ago and cannot be back uo to full strength yet.

Dovi is consistant, CC is a hard charger. Fans will always love the latter as a 'character' rider (including me). I personally think both Dovi and CC are both outperforming Spies, and one of them should replace him in the Factory team - Spies has had his chance.

I'd prefer Cal but can't deny the stats, Dovi is doing a top job.