Jorge Lorenzo breaks lap record to take pole

Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo has broken the Laguna Seca track record on his way to pole position for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix.

Lorenzo left his pole run until his last lap to take his fourth consecutive pole at the track ahead of Repsol Honda Team’s Casey Stoner, who had posted a new track record just a few laps before.

Completing the front row in third is Stoner’s team-mate Dani Pedrosa, who had shone in yesterday’s practice sessions, but was unable to match the two at the front.

Row two is headed by Lorenzo’s team-mate Ben Spies, who suffered a heavy crash 12 minutes before the end. Despite walking away gingerly, he re-joined for the final few minutes of the session.

Next to Spies will be Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow, who showed no ill signs of his crash yesterday. Crutchlow’s team-mate Andrea Dovizioso rounds out the second row in sixth.

Rounding out the top 10 will be San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista, Ducati Team’s home favourite Nicky Hayden, LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl and Ducati’s Valentino Rossi.

The highest CRT finisher was Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy de Puniet, who ended the day in 11th.

Qualifying, Laguna Seca

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 267.7 1’20.554  
2 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 267.1 1’20.628 0.074 / 0.074
3 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 267.4 1’20.906 0.352 / 0.278
4 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 263.7 1’21.094 0.540 / 0.188
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 265.1 1’21.268 0.714 / 0.174
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 263.4 1’21.539 0.985 / 0.271
7 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 265.8 1’21.732 1.178 / 0.193
8 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 266.1 1’21.734 1.180 / 0.002
9 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 260.6 1’21.753 1.199 / 0.019
10 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 268.1 1’22.544 1.990 / 0.791
11 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 253.9 1’22.886 2.332 / 0.342
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 252.9 1’23.075 2.521 / 0.189
13 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 255.4 1’23.699 3.145 / 0.624
14 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 260.1 1’23.704 3.150 / 0.005
15 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 253.6 1’23.769 3.215 / 0.065
16 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 255.9 1’23.877 3.323 / 0.108
17 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 258.3 1’23.898 3.344 / 0.021
18 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 246.5 1’24.017 3.463 / 0.119
19 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 245.7 1’24.227 3.673 / 0.210
20 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 246.8 1’24.560 4.006 / 0.333
21 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 251.2 1’24.715 4.161 / 0.155
  15 Steve RAPP USA Attack Performance APR 245.2 1’26.887 6.333 / 2.172

 

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