2012 Indianapolis MotoGP Qualifying Practice Result: New Pole Record Taken In Session Marred By Crashes

Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class at Indianapolis:

Dani Pedrosa has taken pole for Sunday's MotoGP race at Indianapolis, after another qualifying session heavily marred by crashes. Casey Stoner was the first to suffer, suffering a massive highside at Turn 14 after 12 minutes of the session, which caused him to tear a ligament in his right ankle and to be taken away for further checks. Practice was red-flagged for the marshalls to clear the debris, but half an hour later, it was the turn of Ben Spies to fly off in exactly the same way at exactly the same spot. Spies escaped with just a few bangs and bruises, and heavily shaken up, but he would not be the last rider to crash there. With 8 minutes to go, Nicky Hayden suffered an identical crash to Stoner and Spies, being flung off his bike at high speed in Turn 14. Though he escaped serious injury, Hayden was knocked unconscious and was taken to a local hospital for a CT scan. Hayden's crash also caused the session to be red-flagged.

Beyond the drama, Pedrosa took pole comfortably, looking smooth and fast on the Repsol Honda. Jorge Lorenzo made a huge improvement over this morning, ending qualifying in 2nd, after finishing the morning practice way down the order. Andrea Dovizioso rounds out the front row of the grid, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha man unlucky to be balked by Aleix Espargaro while on a fast lap. Despite his crash - very unfortunate, as the Texan was half a second up before his highside - Ben Spies ended qualifying in 4th, and heads up the second row. LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl sits beside him in 5th, while Casey Stoner qualified in 6th, having posted a very fast time early on in the session, on just his 3rd lap before crashing.

Cal Crutchlow heads up the third row of the grid, the Tech 3 man qualifying in 7th, and ahead of Nicky Hayden who is 8th. Alvaro Bautista rounds out the third row of the grid on the San Carlo Gresini Honda, while Randy de Puniet posted a very respectable time on the Aprilia CRT bike to finish in 10th, ahead of Valentino Rossi. Rossi clearly decided that discretion was the better part of valor, for on his fast lap in the final few minutes, the factory Ducati man brilliantly saved a crash in exactly the same place as the three men who highsided, and settled for 11th.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'38.813    
2 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'38.913 0.100 0.100
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO YAMAHA 1'39.235 0.422 0.322
4 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'39.279 0.466 0.044
5 6 Stefan BRADL HONDA 1'39.437 0.624 0.158
6 1 Casey STONER HONDA 1'39.465 0.652 0.028
7 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 1'39.549 0.736 0.084
8 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'39.748 0.935 0.199
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA HONDA 1'40.072 1.259 0.324
10 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 1'40.437 1.624 0.365
11 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 1'40.763 1.950 0.326
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 1'40.803 1.990 0.040
13 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ BQR 1'41.197 2.384 0.394
14 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 1'41.295 2.482 0.098
15 54 Mattia PASINI ART 1'41.370 2.557 0.075
16 51 Michele PIRRO FTR 1'41.449 2.636 0.079
17 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 1'41.866 3.053 0.417
18 77 James ELLISON ART 1'41.978 3.165 0.112
19 9 Danilo PETRUCCI IODA 1'42.553 3.740 0.575
20 5 Colin EDWARDS SUTER 1'42.599 3.786 0.046
21 22 Ivan SILVA BQR 1'42.768 3.955 0.169
22 15 Steve RAPP APR 1'43.673 4.860 0.905
23 20 Aaron YATES BCL 1'44.312 5.499 0.639


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It looks like the track maintainers could do more than just let some riders to take out from the race:( Hope everybody will be fine (+Moto2 unwanted possibility).
For me it's the best CRT outcome as Espargaro and Hernandez went fast with this Randy qualified ahead of...Rossi! Or Rossi was sandwitched between ARTs, anyway how to interpret it? A Desmosedici-Vale duo regression or fairly CRT module progression? Some CRTs took it very seriously and maybe they (Aprilia and Kawasaki SBK) will be beneficial from it? Just a picture in mind about Rossi on that ART/FTR being visibly more competitive and on the very edge...Hayden out but was still 8th.

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It'll be nice to see so many bikes on the track. However, it's going to get rough late in the race with so many bikes a ways off the pace. Bummer Colin hasn't been able to get his new engine/ECU.

Glad to see both the new CRT bikes qualified. Lot's of commentors on here said that Attack and Steve Rapp should just go home after Laguna and give up. If every rider and team did that think about where the sport would be! Just as the silly season winds down silly racing begins with all these crashes.

Here's my vote to banish IMS from the calander. The layout is terrible and the Tarmac is worse. Bring in Texas! Don't think I've heard one rider say anything positive about this circuit. Well, besides Hayden but he's the ambassador for that place so it's not like he's going to bash it.

IMS has been taking riders off the grid since MotoGP has been going there. It isn't an interesting track at all, too flat, too many slow corners, terrible surface, the venue is bland, safety is marginal etc. etc.. So I agree with you, they should dump it. Assuming the circus heads to COTA, IMS won't last too much longer. Nick likes IMS because it is so close to Owensboro, he gets heavy support from his home, but I can't remember him ever actually saying that he likes the circuit or the racing there. His favorite circuit is Laguna (straight from his mouth at the D-Store before the race this year). I don't think he would be terribly disappointed if IMS was dropped from the calendar.

he's been bashing Indy for years. And not only because he'd prefer to race the historical part of it. Already last year, he actually complained about the track surface and the weird bumpy curbs, which might actually hurt the riders severely if they're sliding over them the wrong way.
Too bad, he himself turned out to be the one proving himself right today. Well, Spies and Hayden contributed a fair bit to it, as well.

Just hope Casey and Nicky are both well. Hope they'll be able to ride tomorrow, but health comes first.

Why are the USA's racetracks so second-rate? Surely it's not hard to repave a track all the way around for consistency? And moving the scenery around a bit to provide some elementary run-off is normal just about anywhere else in the world.

Laguna is OK. Indy has been problematic as it uses part of the oval - which has very regular use - and the infield section which gets less use. Seems to me it is a symptom of a hybrid track, rather than being a symptom of nationality. Tracks like Mid Ohio and Road Atlanta look pretty good from the sports car coverage we get here in Oz, so harsh to assert that it's an American thing.....
And whether you like the tracks or hate them, they are part of the calendar and anyone watching Moto3 qualifying would have been well aware of which corners posed the risks.
And some of the sniping over the last few weeks by some on this site in regards to how hard these guys are trying should well and truly have been answered today.

Nobody ever said that it was about nationality.

And I think Laguna is a proper track, with a proper surface and even though the layout is older, the runoff areas seem to be sufficient throughout most of the track.

I'm not in any way opposed to the idea of MotoGP doing a few US-races. As far as I'm concerned, they may well add Texas to the calendar next year.

But whatever tracks they put on the calendar, they should be safe enough to ride on and it should be fun to watch. And I'm afraid but IMHO Indy is none of the two.

Both Mid Ohio and Road Atlanta suffer the same design flaw as 99% of our tracks. They are made for cars and when you build a circuit for car, run off areas are not thought about. Concrete walls are, Mid Ohio is a great circuit but it can be dangerous for bikes in the AMA much less a GP machine. If it rains, it's pretty much a red flag flag event.

Road Atlanta while a great and fantastic circuit to ride on still suffers from too many dangerous corners. They have fixed 12 somewhat but it's still a comer that most aren't willing to push through. 10a & b is a great place to see some ballsy passing but is still a dangouros corner. 5 is the same way.

That the issue that we're Lways going to face. Hopefully the circuit of Americas comes through as a truly world class circuit and not another sports car driven course.

The problem with American tracks are that they are built for cars and motorcycle racing has rarely been thought about when the design was taking shape.

Indy is a different beast, it's a circuit that is made out of an oval. This is never going to work. It cause what we've seen since its been on the calander. Stop and go racing with one line being used because the infield and main section of the GP track doesn't get used.

did lorenzo go out on soft tyres towards the end of the session when he began to improve his times and get into the 1.39s ? or was he still using the hard ones? i might have missed it but i dont remember hearing anything about it during the session.

It was soft tire. The soft tires have the white stripe on the side.