2012 Brno MotoGP Qualifying Practice Result: Pole Record Pulverized

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

Jorge Lorenzo has secured his fourth pole of the season, dominating qualifying and smashing the lap record in the process. Lorenzo took an early lead, beating the existing pole record in the first part of the session by just one thousandth of a second. With five minutes to go, Lorenzo then punched in an even faster lap, taking a third of a second off the pole record once again. 

Cal Crutchlow, freshly re-signed with his Tech 3 squad, posted his best qualifying result in MotoGP, taking 2nd in the final minutes of the session. Crutchlow bagged his fourth front row start of the year despite suffering a crash early on, on what he described as 'the only bump on the circuit'. Another early crasher, Dani Pedrosa, took 3rd, his final lap saving him from a second row start. Pedrosa's crash left him riding his second bike, which felt much stiffer than his preferred number 1 machine and generated much more chatter. Given the problems, a front row start was not too bad, though disappointing after having dominated the weekend so far.

Pedrosa's late charge bumped Ben Spies down to 4th, preventing an all-Yamaha front row. Spies ended ahead of Andrea Dovizioso in 5th, the Italian pulling over with a mechanical problem at the end of the session, while Valentino Rossi took his best qualifying result of the year to start in 6th. Stefan Bradl won the battle of the satellite Hondas, the LCR Honda man edging out San Carlo Gresini's Alvaro Bautista, while Karel Abraham had a much better ride to take 9th, behind Bradl and Bautista. Randy de Puniet rounds out the top 10, taking top CRT status on the Power Electronics ART.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'55.799    
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 1'55.995 0.196 0.196
3 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'56.327 0.528 0.332
4 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'56.331 0.532 0.004
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO YAMAHA 1'56.559 0.760 0.228
6 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 1'56.735 0.936 0.176
7 6 Stefan BRADL HONDA 1'56.827 1.028 0.092
8 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA HONDA 1'57.068 1.269 0.241
9 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 1'57.773 1.974 0.705
10 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 1'57.844 2.045 0.071
11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 1'58.153 2.354 0.309
12 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ BQR 1'59.087 3.288 0.934
13 24 Toni ELIAS DUCATI 1'59.120 3.321 0.033
14 51 Michele PIRRO FTR 1'59.387 3.588 0.267
15 5 Colin EDWARDS SUTER 1'59.863 4.064 0.476
16 54 Mattia PASINI ART 1'59.865 4.066 0.002
17 77 James ELLISON ART 2'00.316 4.517 0.451
18 22 Ivan SILVA BQR 2'00.329 4.530 0.013
19 9 Danilo PETRUCCI IODA 2'00.854 5.055 0.525


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Lorenzo reeled off several low 1m 56s laps in the first part of the session - apparently with ease. Dani's crash was not too bad so with luck no damage to his favoured Honda. Could be very close on Sunday.

yes, there're not so many factory competitive bikes as same as satellite ones this year but to be on satellite bike and just 0.196 from the top is impressive! Tech 3 this year is a silent hero, the most efficient combo rider lineup just after Repsol. I have no idea about their budget but from budget and result point of view they're masters. Kudos to Herve for manage that. This team evolved a lot form where they were with e.g. overperforming Dunlops. It would be good for MotoGP to rebuild the situation like it was in 2003~2006 where not only second factory teams but also some satellite ones were capable to be constantly on the podium.
It's sad to see Elias again struggling with Bridgestones I guess.
So yeah, the tyres.
ps.Is that true Hernandez pays some indecent euros just to be in MotoGP?

They all go faster when one goes faster, so I wonder if Lorenzo didn't didn't go as fast as possible without Stoner there or had not Pedrosa crashed?

Or is the lack of pressure to cure the Ducati and a bit of psychological rebound from his dismal performance in the US helping free the mind to go fast?

Being 6th is average considering the missing riders to surely and possibly be ahead of him. But that extra near second to the front gained here is interesting.

Valentino loves Brno, even though in theory it should be very difficult on the front-end cursed Duc. He did well there last year, finishing best of the non-factory Honda/Yamahas. (Baring in mind 4 factory honda's and 2 yams)

The championship will take a very important turn here, it is often the deciding race in the championship, Dani and Jorge will feel the pressure big-time. If they both crash and no Casey could lead to a Dovi/Cal victory? Now that would be a sight to behold. Or even Spies. Imagine the carnage.

According to Dennis Noyes, Jorge had used old engines in the free practice sessions, but installed a new motor (#5 of the 6 allowed) for the qualifying session. So his rapid pace was not entirely due to set-up. I hope this championship does not come down to which rider has engines, and whose engines are fresher!

Dovi's rear tyre looked like pieces where missing, when he pulled off track. Saving face for Bridgestone?