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.
|11||14||Randy DE PUNIET||HONDA||1'58.089||1.581||0.108|
|15||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||HONDA||1'58.522||2.014||0.092|