2010 Brno MotoGP Qualifying Practice Results: Last Minute Flyer Seals Pole In Crash-Strewn Session

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

Dani Pedrosa has taken pole at what turned out to be one of the most eventful qualifying sessions for the MotoGP class we have seen this season. Pedrosa held the initiative for most of the session, the Repsol Honda rider taking provisional pole at the halfway mark and defending it with fervor. Pedrosa seemed to have everything in hand, but a storming lap by Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Ben Spies saw the Texan take over pole with 5 minutes to go.

The Texan looked to be on course to take his first ever MotoGP pole, but the rest of the field upped the pace as the final minutes ticked away. Both Fiat Yamaha riders looked like beating Spies' time, but Jorge Lorenzo lost the front at Turn 11 with three minutes to go, while Valentino Rossi did the same in the final section in the last minute. Dani Pedrosa had no such problems, however, and as the dying seconds ticked down, the Repsol Honda put in a scorching lap to take pole from Spies by a margin of three tenths of a second.  

Spies' time was still good enough to secure his first front row start in MotoGP, an impressive scalp to add to his podium at Silverstone. Lorenzo's time set earlier in the session left him in 3rd, just three thousandths behind the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha of Spies. Casey Stoner improved enough to finish 4th, though the Marlboro Ducati rider also suffered problems, suffering a big slide in the final sector on a lap which would have seen him improve his position.

Valentino Rossi ended the session 5th, and furious about his off in the final minutes. The mantra that the Fiat Yamaha rider has uttered since his return has been simple: I cannot crash. That was not enough to prevent him from doing so however. Andrea Dovizioso sits beside Rossi in 6th, the Repsol Honda man rounding out the 2nd row.

Colin Edwards heads up the third row, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha man also having a strong session and getting as high as 2nd at one point. Besides Edwards sits Nicky Hayden, the Marlboro Ducati rider also suffering a crash, and hurting his elbow trying to keep the bike upright after losing the front. Pagina Amarillas rider Hector Barbera finished the session in 9th, ahead of Rizla Suzuki's Loris Capirossi, who rounds out the top 10.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'56.508    
2 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'56.846 0.338 0.338
3 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'56.865 0.357 0.019
4 27 Casey STONER DUCATI 1'56.868 0.360 0.003
5 46 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 1'57.059 0.551 0.191
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'57.117 0.609 0.058
7 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'57.222 0.714 0.105
8 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'57.635 1.127 0.413
9 40 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'57.960 1.452 0.325
10 65 Loris CAPIROSSI SUZUKI 1'57.981 1.473 0.021
11 14 Randy DE PUNIET HONDA 1'58.089 1.581 0.108
12 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 1'58.169 1.661 0.080
13 36 Mika KALLIO DUCATI 1'58.182 1.674 0.013
14 33 Marco MELANDRI HONDA 1'58.430 1.922 0.248
15 15 Alex DE ANGELIS HONDA 1'58.522 2.014 0.092
16 41 Aleix ESPARGARO DUCATI 1'58.700 2.192 0.178
  19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI      
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I know, I know, my endless blabbing about Spies is probably getting long in the tooth, but I was jumping up and down and shouting like a halfwit with no verbal restraint whilst watching. I admit that the factory Yams were probably going to do better until their riders threw them into the scenery, but for now… GO BEN!

Incidentally, did anyone else notice that his times all weekend so far have been MUCH better than usual at first, he's not taking half an hour to get warmed up anymore, at least at Brno.

Brno is a track that Spies raced at last year. So he didn't need to learn the track. That's true for most of the rest of the tracks on the schedule. 

Let's hope he doesn't do his usual "drop back 10 places in the first 5 laps before he's comfortable on the tires" thing tomorrow. he clearly has the pace and another podium should be a real possibility here.

Very very hopeful regarding tomorrow. I should warn my neighbours that any screaming should be ignored and is not indicative of an emergency.

Maybe I'm remembering wrong, but I thought he took a while to get going at Laguna, though… the early-season stuff can be attributed to new bike, new rubber for the most part. Anyway, a hell of a good showing no matter what.

...was, in my opinion, correctly guessed by Ian Wheeler. I am almost certain that I saw a black stripe coming out of Jorge's rear tire, just as the bike fell out from beneath him.

Dropping one too many gears would certainly lock up the rear for a millisecond or two too long to maintain traction. At least, I think it would.

Anyone else have a guess?

David, there is an error in the last sentence - replace Alvaro Bautista with Loris Capirossi.

I'm very impressed by the 3 riders Dani, Ben and Randy. Very well done.

Casey found 1 sec from FP1 to FP2 and another 8/10 to QP. Interesting, the other weekends he had basically the same lap times on all 3 practices.

The other interesting thing: it seems the Tech 3 Yams seems to have got updates, Brno is track where engine power is important, team texas is doing well.

Has anyone checked the race pace of Jorge, Dani, Vale, Casey and Ben?

Thanks for pointing that out. Obviously, with Alvaro Bautista's crash, that's what I was thinking about when I was writing. On the subject of Bautista, it looks like he will ride tomorrow. He'll attempt to ride during warm up, and then start from the back of the grid. He had already set a time good enough to qualify during practice, so he should be OK.  

Checking the speed trap figures shows Bens M1 to be 8kph faster in QP than in the two previous practice sessions..has he slotted in a fresh motor ready for the race?
David, I know it's a bit sensitive and you're a busy chap, but any chance of an update on engine usage as you'll get the new data tomorrow morning?

My problem has been one of presentation. I think I've found a way to do it, and will try to put something together as soon as possible. Sorry about the delay, but it is pretty complicated. 

I'd think that all the bikes should be faster for qualifying not only because of the tires but because the engine management system isn't trying to conserve 21 liters of fuel over a race distance. During practice they'd also be using settings that would replicate race setup.

For qualifying they'd probably use a system that isn't designed to conserve fuel and instead concentrate on getting the maximum over a single lap.

I get your drift..but looking at those figures, nobody else shows such a jump in straightline speed from practice to qualifying.

Ben is doing a stand out job after a couple of early DNFs and apparently is looking after his engines well, maybe helped by his steady early approach in practice gradually building his pace as the weekend progresses and also him learning the bike and some new tracks. Tomorrow we're expecting Rossi to announce his move to Ducati, which will mean Spies becomes a factory rider next year..what better way to celebrate than getting on the podium, justifying Yamahas faith in him..perhaps with the help of one of his fresh engines and some upgraded electronics was my thinking?

Ben on the front row is fantastic but I am almost as impressed with DePuniet coming ahead of 5 other riders so soon after breaking his leg. Let's hope he keeps his ride for next year.

what Lorenzo did on the LH handlebar when his ride was on top of the air fence ? Just turning off the ignition power feed or........?

I wonder what his engine allocation situation will be.

Looking at the Moto GP rules, no one should ever underestimate the power of stupid people in groups.