Pedrosa takes pole as Stoner, Hayden suffer injuries

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Sunday 19th August, 2012 - 9:01am

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Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa has taken pole in a crash-marred qualifying session ahead of tomorrow’s Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.

Australian Casey Stoner qualified sixth, but suffered a monstrous highside early in the session. The incident is suspected to have resulted in torn ligament in his right ankle and is undergoing further checks at the Indianapolis Methodist Hospital to confirm his injury and determine his race fitness for tomorrow.

Another serious incident befell Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden, who was viciously thrown off his bike in the same bend as Stoner (Turn 13). The crash briefly rendered the American unconscious, but was spared any serious injuries. He was also be taken to hospital for further assessment and has been ruled out of the race.

Yamaha’s Ben Spies also crashed at Turn 13, but was able to walk away from the incident.

Pedrosa broke the lap record with a high 1m38s, relegating Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo into second on the grid, after he had struggled with his bike in the preceding sessions.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso completes the front row, having improved steadily all weekend on his satellite machine.

Heading up the second row in fourth is Lorenzo’s team-mate Spies, LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl and Stoner.

Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow, Hayden, San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista and Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy de Puniet round out the top 10.

Ducati’s Valentino Rossi could only manage 11th place, after suffering a scare in Turn 13 with his bike, causing him to abort his fast lap.

Pramac Racing Team’s Héctor Barberá, who has been replaced by Toni Elías after fracturing three vertebrae in his back, is currently on his way back to Barcelona for further medical assessments.

Here is the Foxsports News report on the crashes from qualifying


Qualifying, Indianapolis

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 335.5 1’38.813
2 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 335.5 1’38.913 0.100 / 0.100
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 334.0 1’39.235 0.422 / 0.322
4 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 333.1 1’39.279 0.466 / 0.044
5 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 334.2 1’39.437 0.624 / 0.158
6 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 334.6 1’39.465 0.652 / 0.028
7 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 331.0 1’39.549 0.736 / 0.084
8 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 333.3 1’39.748 0.935 / 0.199
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 334.0 1’40.072 1.259 / 0.324
10 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 317.8 1’40.437 1.624 / 0.365
11 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 333.3 1’40.763 1.950 / 0.326
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 318.6 1’40.803 1.990 / 0.040
13 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 312.3 1’41.197 2.384 / 0.394
14 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 333.1 1’41.295 2.482 / 0.098
15 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 311.9 1’41.370 2.557 / 0.075
16 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 315.7 1’41.449 2.636 / 0.079
17 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 332.9 1’41.866 3.053 / 0.417
18 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 310.0 1’41.978 3.165 / 0.112
19 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 296.9 1’42.553 3.740 / 0.575
20 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 315.0 1’42.599 3.786 / 0.046
21 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 314.0 1’42.768 3.955 / 0.169
22 15 Steve RAPP USA Attack Performance APR 300.9 1’43.673 4.860 / 0.905
23 20 Aaron YATES USA GPTech BCL 286.1 1’44.312 5.499 / 0.639

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