Pedrosa upstages Lorenzo, Stoner at Valencia

  • Saturday 10th November, 2012 11:54pm
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
Screen Shot 2012 11 11 at 1.09.33 AM 344x216 Pedrosa upstages Lorenzo, Stoner at Valencia

Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa has broken the Valencian lap record to take a stunning pole position for the final MotoGP race of the 2012 season.

The Repsol Honda rider set a 1:30.84s, beating his season-long rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner by nearly half a second.

Stoner, in the final MotoGP race of his career before retiring, held the top spot in the critical final 10 minutes, only to be overcome by Lorenzo.

Stoner came back out onto the circuit and returned to the top of the time sheets, only for Pedrosa to blow both of their times away with his pole lap.

Lorenzo’s final tour edged him back in front of Stoner, but was no where near the blistering Pedrosa.

Cal Crutchlow will start fourth, ahead of Stefan Bradl and Andrea Dovizioso

Rounding out the top 10 is Ducati rider Nicky Hayden, Alvaro Bautista, Hector Barbera and Aleix Espargaro – the first of the CRT entries.

The race will be held tomorrow, with wet weather predicted to play a part in the event.

Qualifying, Valencia

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 326.4 1’30.844
2 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 321.4 1’31.195 0.351 / 0.351
3 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 322.9 1’31.428 0.584 / 0.233
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 321.4 1’31.512 0.668 / 0.084
5 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 324.8 1’31.757 0.913 / 0.245
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 321.6 1’31.795 0.951 / 0.038
7 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 320.7 1’32.503 1.659 / 0.708
8 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 323.5 1’32.585 1.741 / 0.082
9 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 327.0 1’32.605 1.761 / 0.020
10 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 305.7 1’32.834 1.990 / 0.229
11 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 319.6 1’32.877 2.033 / 0.043
12 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 306.4 1’33.346 2.502 / 0.469
13 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 320.3 1’33.442 2.598 / 0.096
14 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 309.3 1’33.453 2.609 / 0.011
15 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 303.8 1’33.971 3.127 / 0.518
16 21 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA JPN Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 315.9 1’33.979 3.135 / 0.008
17 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 300.0 1’33.980 3.136 / 0.001
18 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 300.9 1’34.407 3.563 / 0.427
19 84 Roberto ROLFO ITA Speed Master ART 303.9 1’34.866 4.022 / 0.459
20 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 304.6 1’34.918 4.074 / 0.052
21 73 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Avintia Blusens BQR 309.1 1’35.363 4.519 / 0.445
22 71 Claudio CORTI ITA Avintia Blusens Inmotec 300.0 1’36.531 5.687 / 1.168

 

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