Lorenzo on pole as Stoner struggles

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Sunday 29th April, 2012 - 7:50am

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Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa will start the Spanish Grand Prix from first and second on the grid respectively after a strong qualifying session for the local heroes.

Lorenzo’s best time of 1m39.532s came on his penultimate lap of the 60 minute session, which was held on a drying Jerez circuit.

Pedrosa managed to lap within 0.14s of the opening round winner, while Nicky Hayden was a further 0.9s adrift in third.

Cal Crutchlow and Casey Stoner completed the top five, with the Australian left to lament the lack of dry running prior to the qualifying session.

Ben Spies, Andrea Dovizioso, Alvaro Bautista, Stefan Bradl and Randy de Puniet rounded out the top 10.

Valentino Rossi continued to struggle with the Ducati GP12 – the Italian managing just 13th on the grid, some 2.4s slower than team-mate Hayden.

Colin Edwards will start from the rear of the grid after a falling off his Suter CRT entry mid-session.

See below for the full session result

Pos.

Rider

Team

Bike

Time

Gap 1st/Prev.

1 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1’39.532
2 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’39.667 0.135 / 0.135
3 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati Team Ducati 1’40.563 1.031 / 0.896
4 Cal CRUTCHLOW Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’40.570 1.038 / 0.007
5 Casey STONER Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’40.577 1.045 / 0.007
6 Ben SPIES Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1’41.090 1.558 / 0.513
7 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’41.180 1.648 / 0.090
8 Alvaro BAUTISTA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1’41.447 1.915 / 0.267
9 Stefan BRADL LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1’41.550 2.018 / 0.103
10 Randy DE PUNIET Power Electronics Aspar ART 1’41.700 2.168 / 0.150
11 Karel ABRAHAM Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 1’41.724 2.192 / 0.024
12 Hector BARBERA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1’41.871 2.339 / 0.147
13 Valentino ROSSI Ducati Team Ducati 1’42.961 3.429 / 1.090
14 Aleix ESPARGARO Power Electronics Aspar ART 1’43.135 3.603 / 0.174
15 Michele PIRRO San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 1’43.363 3.831 / 0.228
16 Mattia PASINI Speed Master ART 1’44.308 4.776 / 0.945
17 Yonny HERNANDEZ Avintia Blusens BQR 1’44.467 4.935 / 0.159
18 Danilo PETRUCCI Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 1’44.645 5.113 / 0.178
19 Ivan SILVA Avintia Blusens BQR 1’44.717 5.185 / 0.072
20 James ELLISON Paul Bird Motorsport ART 1’45.724 6.192 / 1.007
21 Colin EDWARDS NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 1’46.200 6.668 / 0.476

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