2013 Brno MotoGP QP Result: Successful Satellite Launch

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Tech 3 Rider Cal Crutchlow stunned the MotoGP field with a pole position at the Brno circuit. Crutchlow's 1'55.527 is his second pole position of the year and is two-tenths clear of second place rider -- also on a satellite bike -- Alvaro Bautista. Marc Marquez, again the top factory rider, filled out the front row at three-tenths behind Crutchlow's top spot.

The second and third row mostly became disappointment alley with Dani Pedrosa (fourth) Jorge Lorenzo (fifth), Valentino Rossi (seventh) and Stefan Bradl (eighth) -- all riders who felt capable of a front-row start given previous practice sessions. Only Bradley Smith in sixth qualified better than his earlier practice performance. It is the second race this year (Laguna Seca marked the first) with two satellite bikes on the front row. For the second race in a row, FTR Kawasaki rider Colin Edwards put his CRT bike into Q2 and managed 12th on the grid.


Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev.
1 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha 1'55.527  
2 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 1'55.754 0.227 / 0.227
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'55.863 0.336 / 0.109
4 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'55.868 0.341 / 0.005
5 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'55.949 0.422 / 0.081
6 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'56.014 0.487 / 0.065
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'56.186 0.659 / 0.172
8 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'56.477 0.950 / 0.291
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'56.825 1.298 / 0.348
10 69 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati 1'56.979 1.452 / 0.154
11 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'57.455 1.928 / 0.476
12 5 Colin EDWARDS FTR Kawasaki 1'58.392 2.865 / 0.937
13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 1'58.378 0.244 / 0.209
14 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'58.812 0.678 / 0.434
15 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 1'58.953 0.819 / 0.141
16 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ ART 1'58.983 0.849 / 0.030
17 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda-Suter 1'59.057 0.923 / 0.074
18 71 Claudio CORTI FTR Kawasaki 1'59.062 0.928 / 0.005
19 8 Hector BARBERA FTR 1'59.128 0.994 / 0.066
20 52 Lukas PESEK Ioda-Suter 2'00.522 2.388 / 1.394
21 70 Michael LAVERTY PBM 2'00.584 2.450 / 0.062
22 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA FTR 2'00.653 2.519 / 0.069
23 17 Karel ABRAHAM ART 2'00.792 2.658 / 0.139
24 67 Bryan STARING FTR Honda 2'00.827 2.693 / 0.035
25 45 Martin BAUER S&B Suter 2'01.135 3.001 / 0.308


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This is good several ways. It shows the satellite machines have the outright speed to be win-competitive. At a fast and flow track like Brno and the slow, tight Laguna Seca, satellite machines with the best new riders are threatening the full factory programs. These riders and their teams are showing real speed.

The name of the win game now is the brutal pace MotoGP runs at. From the first corner to the chequered flag, a winning rider has to be able to ride incredibly fast, without destroying the tires, all race with nary a minor mistake. Lorenzo, Pedrosa, and Marquez (!!!) have that. Crutchlow, Bradl, and even Rossi the GOAT are working on learning it. Brembo brakes seem to have given Bautista that little bit of performance and confidence to up his riding.

Plus this means we get to see how Cal's start pace is developing, and the spectacle of the Aliens moving to the front. I have no doubt they will, if everyone manages to stay on track the first lap...

Satellite front rows are good!

While Bautista appears to be riding better and perhaps the brake upgrade has played a role, this second-place qualifying largely is the result of a (hostile) tow from Crutchlow.  Cal's run is quite impressive. And I agree, it's terrific to see the satellite bikes in the mix.

He was following Marc, not Cal. While I am no fan of Bautistas, give credit where credit is due. You have to be able to run that pace, and he was. He also didn't follow Marc deep into 10 which showed that he was riding at the limit but on his, not Marc's.

Fantastic lap from Cal. Hopefully he can get away well and stick with them in the first half. I predict Lorenzo or Pedrosa leading by the time they go into 3. Let's hope the rest can stay with them. We know Marc can. Also, let's hope for a dry race.

I sense that this will be a big weekend for CC. He has been fast every session. In the morning session he was under the race lap record, and now he owns the fastest Q lap ever. He keeps this up and he'll get his wins sooner rather than later. Ducati snagged themselves a jewel of a motorcycle racer. He's a force this season and I am pretty confident Ducati will deliver him a suitable machine the next two seasons. Exciting times.

Ducati will deliver a suitable machine based on what? They couldn't for Rossi I don't see how they can for Crutchow. As much as I'd like to see it.

Let's not forget that the Ducati today isn't anywhere near the Ducati of the last few years. They have brought in some very respected talent to try and get the bike sorted. I'm looking toward to the post season test almost as much as the remaining races this year.

You Ducati Fanboys sound like Chicago Cubs fans, "just wait until next year"

Like Ducati has been sitting on their collective thumbs, doing nothing with Hayden and Rossi waiting for Crutchlow to come along. I hope Cal enjoys his Poles and Podiums because they will be the last of his career.....

. . . sound exactly the same. Just look what's happened. . . . They'll never change. . . It's the same ol' Ducati! How can they now, when they couldn't/didn't for Rossi . . . . .

NOT! As David, rholcomb, 41BP, myself and numerous others have repeatedly stated; there's this new group named Audi that's taken over. If you're not familiar with their motorsports standards, they aim quite high. Viewing their record of 7 wins in the last 8 of the 24 Hours of LeMans events, I'd say they hit their target regularly. Only just over 87% of the time, who'd brag about that winning percentage? Doesn't sound to me like a company that takes whatever is leftover and wimpers back into their garage.

Let's see where they stack at the end of 2015 and if they haven't improved markedly by then, I promise to wave the white flag of surrender. Audi has the bankroll and attitude needed to turn things around, I look forward to seeing more competition at the front. We'll see if DORNA (oops the MSMA) can leave the rules alone long enough for any new factory to make a effort without the game changing.

Well, if you look at from a strictly business point of view, Audi's best bet would be to withdraw from GP and focus on WSBK and possibly American Superbike racing (if that can ever be revived)

I don't see the point of dumping 10s of millions of dollars into a program that even if successful would have zero impact on sales. Folks don't buy Panigales because the MotoGP Ducati finished well. I think it's just a matter of time before Marlborough and Audi have had enough and pull the plug.

You cite Audi's racing success. I am not a race manager but I assume there are huge differences between motorcycle racing and auto racing. Not to mention HUGE cultural differences between Italians and Germans.

But hey, that got Cal Cruthlow now so all their problems are solved.......

Well, I've been reading David lately and he seems to think they'll come with a whole new approach next year. He is pessimistic about 2014, but thinks they could win in 2015. Mostly, I just don't believe Audi spends a $ billion on a trophy brand like Ducati just to let it atrophy. They know how to go racing even if they don't know motorcycles. They have since the 30's with Tazio Nuvolari. The rally cars. The tube frame Quattro's. The diesels.

Recent evidence is that the parts are coming a lot faster now, but still the same front end pushing problems persist. They'll figure that out, although I suspect it may end up being a clean sheet effort including the motor cases.

Pray for good weather next weekend. Because I want to see Cal hang it all out at Woodcote again.

Why do people thinck Bautista is running Brembo's? I only heard that Bradl switched to them, I believe Bautista is still on the Nissin's.

and I don't thinck Cal has any chance of a victory. Satelie bikes are capable of going round at factory-pace, but I suppose electronics will prevent it. It's easy to give black boxes to the satelite teams that allow full power, but consume just a bit more fuel so that over race-distance, the box automaticaly lowers the horsepower to make it to the end of the race.

had a good run! so did smith. would be great to see edwards and hayden together next year at forward but yamaha already has rossi as a salesman so they wont want to spend the big bucks evan if he would be the best for the states!