Results and summary of MotoGP qualifying
Championship points leader Dani Pedrosa grabbed pole position from Jorge Lorenzo on his final lap of QP2 and set a new Mugello qualifying record in the process with a time of 1'47.157. Lorenzo, who held the pole record for all of five minutes, ended up a shocked second. But the real surprise of the session was Andrea Dovizioso who put Ducati on the front row for the second race in a row.
But the final results don't reveal the drama of the final few minutes of the session. Late in the session, Marc Marquez set his fastest lap of the day by a wide margin and held second to Lorenzo. Rossi then set his fastest lap and looked like a safe third. Nickey Hayden followed Rossi and pushed The Doctor into fourth. Cal Crutchlow had crashed with eight minutes left and looked likely for a fourth-row start as it took an agonizing amount of time for him to find his way back to the pits. Bradl pushed Rossi lower still. Dovisioso followed Pedrosa around to climb into third. Crutchlow appeared late on the track on his backup bike and put it -- briefly -- on the front row.
And it still wasn't over. Pedrosa saved his best for last when he ripped a final lap that took seven-hundreths from what appeared minutes earlier to be a safe pole for Lorenzo. In the end, Mugello's partisan Rossi crowd sat in stunned silence as their hero plunged from third to seventh on the grid in about three minutes. And Marquez, who seemingly pulled off a miracle to climb into second -- the result of a lap in which he followed Rossi -- was relegated late into sixth.
|12||41||Aleix Espargaro||Aprilia ART||1'48.765||1.608||0.059|
|14||14||Randy de Puniet||Aprilia ART||1'49.266||0.742||0.001|
|15||8||Hector Barbera||FTR Kawasaki||1'49.847||1.323||0.581|
|16||9||Danilo Petrucci||Suter BMW||1'50.518||1.994||0.671|
|17||5||Colin Edwards||FTR Kawasaki||1'50.701||2.177||0.183|
|18||71||Claudio Corti||FTR Kawasaki||1'50.729||2.205||0.028|
|20||17||Karel Abraham||Aprilia ART||1'51.089||2.565||0.302|
|21||68||Yonny Hernandez||Aprilia ART||1'51.239||2.715||0.150|
|22||67||Bryan Staring||FTR Honda||1'51.981||3.457||0.742|
|23||7||Hiroshi Aoyama||FTR Kawasaki||1'52.148||3.624||0.167|
|24||52||Lukas Pesek||Suter BMW||1'52.345||3.821||0.197|