2013 Laguna Seca MotoGP QP Result: A Shock Top On Order

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Honda's Stefan Bradl stunned the fans and top riders with his first-ever MotoGP pole position Saturday at Laguna Seca. Bradl, who had been fast all session, pulled off his quick lap just after Marquez crashed which effectively ended the points-leader's session in second place. To add to the surprises provided by the tightest, shortest track on the circuit, Alvaro Bautista grabbed the end of the front row (and tightened his grip on a ride for next year).

The all-Honda front row is backed by a Yamaha second line. The Valentino Rossi took fourth after holding second for much of QP with Cal Crutchlow fifth and a gimpy Jorge Lorenzo in sixth. Lorenzo's chanpionsip rival Dani Pedrosa, fighting his own injuries, managed seventh.

But a glance at the data regarding rider speed in each of the four sectors, it is Rossi who stands out. The Italian is the only rider who is among the three fastest in three of the four track sectors. (No rider ranks in all four.) Several other top riders are among the quickest in two sectors.


Pos. No. Rider Bike Time Diff. / Prev. 
1 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'21.176  
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'21.193 0.017 / 0.017
3 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda 1'21.373 0.197 / 0.180
4 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'21.418 0.242 / 0.045
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha 1'21.420 0.244 / 0.002
6 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'21.453 0.277 / 0.033
7 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'21.728 0.552 / 0.275
8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'22.026 0.850 / 0.298
9 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'22.075 0.899 / 0.049
10 69 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati 1'22.090 0.914 / 0.015
11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ART 1'22.099 0.923 / 0.009
12 14 Randy De PUNIET ART    
13 8 Hector BARBERA FTR 1'22.808 0.791 / 0.114
14 15 Alex DE ANGELIS Ducati 1'23.253 1.236 / 0.445
15 5 Colin EDWARDS FTR Kawasaki 1'23.272 1.255 / 0.019
16 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ioda-Suter 1'23.323 1.306 / 0.051
17 71 Claudio CORTI FTR Kawasaki 1'23.616 1.599 / 0.293
18 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ ART 1'23.875 1.858 / 0.259
19 17 Karel ABRAHAM ART 1'23.919 1.902 / 0.044
20 70 Michael LAVERTY PBM 1'23.987 1.970 / 0.068
21 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA FTR 1'24.235 2.218 / 0.248
22 67 Bryan STARING FTR Honda 1'24.756 2.739 / 0.521
23 52 Lukas PESEK Ioda-Suter 1'24.809 2.792 / 0.053


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half a second covering the top ~7.. Hondas are working nicely, but yamaha are not that far off. Hope they get away with the Hondas - so we can see a bit of racing.

Oh, as an FYI David, I have been getting rendering issues across the posts on occasions... in chrome and explorer on the PC and on safari on the ipad and the mobile version on the iphone (it also does not render the table correctly on the mobile version)

On this occasion, it gives me this several times after your table

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To me, it looks like height is spelled incorrectly, but? Cheers

Great lap by him, that last sector was something special. I do think Marquez would have taken pole with a sub 1:21 lap if he hadn't fallen, but he did and Bradl took advantage. He has been fast all weekend, his race pace is good and a podium is on the cards.

Rossi seems to be just a little off the pace, he can't seem to string a few 1:21s together. If he isn't careful, Crutchlow might beat him again.

Should be a good race tomorrow, although I do expect Marquez to run away with it.

would have qualified just behind Hiroshi today.

The Torpedo will make the second row the new front row within the first corners.

Nahh I was just kidding! :P

Bradl's pole time would have put him 5th on the grid last year, and Marquez would have been 6th. Great effort by Bradl and Marc fantastic on his first visit to the track, but to put things in perspective... Casey is absent and Danni and Jorge can't push hard. Assuming Jorge and Dani could have matched last year's times, MM and SB would have been further down the order - about where you would expect.

Would Dani and Jorge have been faster had they both been healthy? Probably. But still; different day, temperature and tires. No way to know, let alone diminish Marc and Bradl's speed.

In general I'd agree, but only one year since 2007 has seen a slower pole time (2009). Every other year was faster. Yes, different bikes (800's), different tires, different riders... but if the general trend is not toward faster lap times, doesn't that point to something wrong with the regulations? It's a prototype class after all, meant to improve the breed.

If they want to cut costs and have great racing, let's just go back to 500's! ;-)