MotoGP qualifying for the British MotoGP was a battle of the few – with Marco Simoncelli, Casey Stoner, and Jorge Lorenzo outperforming the rest of the grid to battle for pole position.
Simoncelli had broken the 2010 pole position time within 20 minutes of the session starting, and Stoner quickly followed soon after to push it down even further.
All three riders led the session at various points, and after swapping places towards the end of the session a few times, it was Casey Stoner who clinched the top spot.
All was not well lower down the timesheets though…….
Valentino Rossi had a terrible outing on the Ducati and after staying in 14th place for most of the session, only just managed to improve his position by one place to finish in 13th.
Disaster stuck for the Tech 3 Yamaha team one again, as Cal Crutchlow fell from his Yamaha after only a couple of laps and suffered a fractured collarbone and concussion that will rule him out of tomorrow’s race. With Pedrosa still ruled out, the British fans will be facing a severely depleted grid for tomorrow’s race.
Credit to Colin Edwards though who managed to secure 8th position after breaking his collarbone only at week ago.
MotoGP Qualifying Times from Silverstone:
1 Casey STONER Repsol Honda Team 2’02.020
2 Marco SIMONCELLI San Carlo Honda Gresini 2’02.208
3 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha Factory Racing 2’02.237
4 Ben SPIES Yamaha Factory Racing 2’02.677
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Repsol Honda Team 2’03.212
6 Karel ABRAHAM Cardion AB Motoracing 2’04.151
7 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati Team 2’04.304
8 Colin EDWARDS Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2’04.508
9 Alvaro BAUTISTA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 2’04.520
10 Randy DE PUNIET Pramac Racing Team 2’04.589
11 Hiroshi AOYAMA San Carlo Honda Gresini 2’04.919
12 Hector BARBERA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP 2’05.164
13 Valentino ROSSI Ducati Team 2’05.781
14 Toni ELIAS LCR Honda MotoGP 2’05.862
15 Loris CAPIROSSI Pramac Racing Team 2’06.256
16 Cal CRUTCHLOW Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2’07.911
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