Dani Pedrosa pips Casey Stoner for Le Mans pole

Dani Pedrosa will start the race with all of his MotoGP riders behind him

Dani Pedrosa will start the race with all of his MotoGP riders behind him

Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa has pipped Casey Stoner for pole position in an action-packed qualifying session at the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France in Le Mans.

The session started in wet conditions before drying out, with Pedrosa setting his fastest lap with only minutes remaining.

Pedrosa’s top spot is his fourth pole at the famous French circuit.

Stoner had one final crack at beating Pedrosa, but could not lap faster than his Spanish team-mate.

Completing the front row is Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso, who achieved his best grid position of the season.

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo heads the second row after being held up in traffic on his final hot lap.

Behind him is Dovizioso’s team-mate Cal Crutchlow, who had been the early pace setter in the session, yet couldn’t match the Italian’s pace.

Sixth place is Ben Spies, ahead of Valentino Rossi who recorded his best grid position of 2012.

San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista crashed out in the last minute of qualifying but will start eighth ahead of. Pramac Racing Team’s Héctor Barberá and satellite Ducati rider Karel Abraham.

MotoGP returnee Chris Vermeulen will start from last place.

Qualifying, Le Mans

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 303.7 1’33.638
2 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 306.0 1’33.941 0.303 / 0.303
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 304.0 1’33.976 0.338 / 0.035
4 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 300.8 1’34.104 0.466 / 0.128
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 302.4 1’34.178 0.540 / 0.074
6 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 299.0 1’34.669 1.031 / 0.491
7 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 298.5 1’34.907 1.269 / 0.238
8 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 300.4 1’34.922 1.284 / 0.015
9 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 305.1 1’34.950 1.312 / 0.028
10 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 301.8 1’35.250 1.612 / 0.300
11 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 298.5 1’35.291 1.653 / 0.041
12 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 286.5 1’35.694 2.056 / 0.403
13 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 300.7 1’35.862 2.224 / 0.168
14 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 283.7 1’36.646 3.008 / 0.784
15 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 283.6 1’37.202 3.564 / 0.556
16 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 279.2 1’37.666 4.028 / 0.464
17 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 281.3 1’37.760 4.122 / 0.094
18 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 269.5 1’37.767 4.129 / 0.007
19 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 282.0 1’38.198 4.560 / 0.431
20 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 279.3 1’38.511 4.873 / 0.313
21 7 Chris VERMEULEN AUS NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 281.8 1’38.658 5.020 / 0.147

 

Comments are closed.