2011 Qatar MotoGP Qualifying Practice Results: Duo Blitzes Race For Pole

Results of qualifying practice for the MotoGP class:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 27 Casey STONER HONDA 1'54.137    
2 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'54.342 0.205 0.205
3 1 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'54.947 0.810 0.605
4 58 Marco SIMONCELLI HONDA 1'54.988 0.851 0.041
5 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'55.095 0.958 0.107
6 8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'55.223 1.086 0.128
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO HONDA 1'55.229 1.092 0.006
8 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 1'55.578 1.441 0.349
9 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 1'55.637 1.500 0.059
10 5 Colin EDWARDS YAMAHA 1'55.647 1.510 0.010
11 14 Randy DE PUNIET DUCATI 1'55.656 1.519 0.009
12 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 1'55.724 1.587 0.068
13 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'55.881 1.744 0.157
14 65 Loris CAPIROSSI DUCATI 1'56.323 2.186 0.442
15 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 1'56.665 2.528 0.342
16 24 Toni ELIAS HONDA 1'57.992 3.855 1.327
  19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SUZUKI      
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On board cam with Stoner was simply awesome to watch with the sound of the screamer Honda engine !!
It gave me gooseflesh !!

Outside of Crutchlow - well done dodgy shoulder ground down finger rookie!

Stoner a second quicker than QP last year on the GP10, Rossi half a second slower on the GP11 than Stoner was last year. It won't always be like this 2011, but this fact alone speaks volumes for the abilities of Stoner to both ride and set-up a machine.

Looking at the lap breakdown, it looks like Barbera hitched himself to someone to get that time again. His only lap in the 1'55" range, and with a 329 km/hr speed looks suspicious. He better be careful who he does that to, I think a few guys in the paddock might not appreciate his tactics and could find a subtle (or a very blunt) way to retaliate. I'm thinking about Texans in particular...

Was it behind Edwards or Spies?? He ended up pretty high on the ladder yesterday for FP3 though didn't he? Or was that a tow too? I hope this isn't what Barbera is doing...

Anyway, it looked like Spies was held up twice. Once behind Dovizioso and once behind Aoyama and by that time it seemed that he had already put in more than a few laps of the current pair of softies. Seemed very crowded out there tonight for only 16 riders! Everyone was bunching up. Rossi seemed to held up too by Elias. I just don't understand why everyone waits until the last 10 minutes to try and put in their flying laps. Take a page out of Stoner's book and and throw it down hard at the start or middle of the QP, especially when you've had 6 days of testing and practice combined at this track already to get your bike set up.

Oh well... in either case I am hoping for no crashes by anyone tomorrow and a great race.

Go Spies!

Isn't the time trap before the 1st corner? In that case, he got a tow when he was opening the lap and then did the rest on hiw own. He would have been very lucky to benefit from a tow twice on the lap.

Would it be possible that, in the event of dominating the race and flying into the distance, HRC employ team orders to keep Stoner and Pedrosa in position and secure a 1-2?

Think of it, they do want an 800cc title that bad...

Pedrosa would have to be fast enough to beat Stoner in order for them to need team orders and at this stage that's not looking likely, although anything can happen. I doubt Honda will care which one of them wins the title, as long as it is one of their boys it won't matter. Team orders might come in later in the year if Lorenzo gets close to them and the two Honda boys start pinching points off each other.

This early in the season, I'd rather doubt it - but HRC might provide some inducement to them to not take each other out, such as 'the cost of repairing the bike will come out of your salary..'

Ok so at the end of last season I went out on a limb and predicted that Rossi would not win a single race this year even though realistically I could see him being in contention for a few but I got blasted for making such a bold prediction. Well I'm standing by it. Let the season begin!

I have a bat with a few mates along the same lines, that Rossi will not win a race. I'm happy that I was on the money. He has failed to come to terms with the Ducati, in fact they're well behind what Stoner was doing on it, and the rest of the field is moving forward quickly. He has a lot of ground to make up just to be competitive.

I don't know who towed Barbera (or even for sure if he used the draft to get his time), I just inferred that by his logged qualifying lap times and ridiculously high top speed. I referenced the Texans because they are two of the riders that I can imagined would deal harshly with someone who screwed up their laps to get a tow. I was somewhat impressed by Barbera last season, and so I would like to think he would mature some and not post high Free Practice and Qualifying times off of another rider's coattails just to get Aspar some extra ink.

This was always bound to be the case, for too many years there have been those who doubted this kids ability. He will finally get a chance to shine on a decent bike.
Even Burgess believes there is nothing trick with the Honda....just Stoner.

The only one getting a tow is Dani, and I don't mean in the literal sense, he is having to ride like he never has before just to keep him in sight. Stoner can reel these fast laps of at will, Pedrosa can get a couple at best.

I believe this shows without doubt how good Stoner is compared also to the Duc, Rossi is completely at sea with it and it has blown his legend out of the water.
I would love to see how Vito really rates the two without any political agenda.

If you get to MotoGP.com and listen to Colin's QP interview has has a few harsh words for people who tow... So I'd say it's a safe bet that it might have been Colin that Barbera was getting a tow from... Let's see how he does in the race tho.... that's only half a day away!

BTW, does anyone remember how many top ten's Barbera was in last season? I will go and check MotoGP.com in the meantime...

Here's hoping everyone keeps it upright into turns 1 and 2 (and the rest of the race for that matter).

Go Spies!

No one doubts Stoners ability. He's a world champion with 20 + wins. He's just an easy guy to dislike because of his standoffish demeanor, short fuse and constant whining when questioned by the media. As for bike setup, I'd argue that there is no setting up the Duc. He is so talented that he was able to ride around all of it's deficiencies most of the time. So, you get what we all saw. Wins by country mile or take a gravel sample. We probably have yet to see his true setup abilities or lack there of. So far he's made a flyer of it, hats off to him.