2012 Aragon MotoGP Qualifying Practice Result: Battle For Pole Goes Down To Final Seconds

Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class at the Motorland Aragon circuit:

Jorge Lorenzo has taken his fifth pole position of the year, just holding off Dani Pedrosa in a close battle during qualifying for tomorrow's MotoGP race at Aragon. Lorenzo deposed Dani Pedrosa from pole, the Repsol Honda man having recovered from an early crash to find some real speed at the end of the session, but after Lorenzo had dropped him back to 2nd, Pedrosa's attempt to retake pole stranded when he ran into Valentino Rossi on his very last lap.

Cal Crutchlow will start from 3rd on the grid, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha man having led for much of qualifying, only losing his place in the final minutes when Pedrosa and Lorenzo ramped up the pace. Crutchlow's pace was close to that of the two leaders, though, the Englishman finishing less than a tenth behind Pedrosa, and less than two tenths behind Jorge Lorenzo.

Ben Spies heads up the second row, the second factory Yamaha rider benefiting from the test which Yamaha had here just under a month ago, as does Stefan Bradl, the LCR Honda man grabbing a strong 5th position. Andrea Dovizioso will start from 6th, the Tech 3 man the last rider to get within a second of the time of Lorenzo.

Jonathan Rea put in his best session yet on the Repsol Honda, ending in 7th, just a second behind Lorenzo and under a second from his temporary teammate Dani Pedrosa. Rea finished ahead of the two factory Ducatis, Valentino Rossi taking 8th ahead of Nicky Hayden, after both Ducati men suffered crashes earlier in the session.

The qualifying session took place on a completely dry, but very cold track, the rain which had been forecasted holding off, the clouds threatening rain but never producing it. With dry weather predicted for Sunday, the dry set up time was extremely welcome for the teams after earlier sessions had all been badly affected by rain.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 99 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 1'49.404    
2 26 Dani PEDROSA HONDA 1'49.492 0.088 0.088
3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW YAMAHA 1'49.576 0.172 0.084
4 11 Ben SPIES YAMAHA 1'49.748 0.344 0.172
5 6 Stefan BRADL HONDA 1'50.034 0.630 0.286
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO YAMAHA 1'50.241 0.837 0.207
7 56 Jonathan REA HONDA 1'50.410 1.006 0.169
8 46 Valentino ROSSI DUCATI 1'50.949 1.545 0.539
9 69 Nicky HAYDEN DUCATI 1'51.013 1.609 0.064
10 8 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 1'51.072 1.668 0.059
11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 1'51.082 1.678 0.010
12 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA HONDA 1'51.155 1.751 0.073
13 14 Randy DE PUNIET ART 1'51.459 2.055 0.304
14 17 Karel ABRAHAM DUCATI 1'51.521 2.117 0.062
15 51 Michele PIRRO FTR 1'52.606 3.202 1.085
16 54 Mattia PASINI ART 1'52.638 3.234 0.032
17 5 Colin EDWARDS SUTER 1'52.853 3.449 0.215
18 9 Danilo PETRUCCI IODA-SUTER 1'53.140 3.736 0.287
19 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ BQR 1'53.233 3.829 0.093
20 77 James ELLISON ART 1'53.719 4.315 0.486
21 44 David SALOM BQR 1'55.290 5.886 1.571


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Now, now. Don't be such a hater. Being 1.5 seconds down and off the pace is as normal as apple pie for Rossi.

Just think of how many motorbike careers have been ruined by not being on a factory bike or sattelite bike? Rossi on this subpar Ducati has shown nothing special in the last two years. Noting to indicate he could possibly be a championship caliber rider.

So think about it for moment. How many other riders have been on subpar bikes and had their careers ruined for riding much like Rossi has for the last two plus years?

People like the Espargaro brothers need to be given a ride on a championship caliber bike and not a Suzuki or sattelite Ducati. Same can be said for Hector Barbera. He deserves much more than what he got. But he dealt with what he was given and rode it like a real rider does.

Given that Rossi is well down the order in both QP and championship standings, and was hardly likely to move up to the front row on his last lap - was it too much to expect him to give Pedrosa a clean run on his last shot at pole?

I reckon even Jorge would have had the decency to move over...

To be that close to the front with very little seat time makes me think Johnny Rea could be a future contender in GP's. He's right to wait until the rules are stable to jump from WSBK. Talent like that can't afford to get stuck in CRT limbo...