MotoGPGreat BritainJune 11, 2011
MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 06
Great Britain Grand Prix at Silverstone Qualifying

Stoner And Simoncelli Rule Silverstone Qualifying

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Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda RC212V) rode to his fourth pole position of the year at Silverstone today. The winner of last weekend’s Catalan Grand Prix fought off a strong challenge from Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini RC212V) to end the hour-long session a slender 0.188s in front. Final man on the front row is World Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo. Conditions were cool and cloudy at Silverstone today, with rain a real possibility for race day.

Casey STONER (Repsol Honda Team) Marco SIMONCELLI (San Carlo Honda Gresini)

Casey STONER (Repsol Honda Team)

Marco SIMONCELLI (San Carlo Honda Gresini)

Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda RC212V) will start tomorrow’s race – the sixth round of the 2011 MotoGP series – from fifth on the grid, the exact same position from which he started last Sunday. Once again, Stoner and Dovizioso are the only two Repsol Honda riders on track because Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC212V) is still recovering from the broken right collarbone he sustained at last month’s French Grand Prix.

Hiroshi Aoyama (San Carlo Honda Gresini RC212V) qualified 11th while Toni Elias (LCR Honda MotoGP RC212V) had another challenging day, crashing in qualifying and completing the session in 14th spot.

Stoner and Simoncelli were the star performers of the second half of qualifying. Lorenzo led at half-distance, but as the pace increased, first Stoner went ahead, by one tenth, then Simoncelli moved past Stoner by just 0.05s. The Italian held the advantage until the Australian launched into his final run after his crew had made adjustments to improve edge grip. Stoner’s ultra-aggressive, inch-perfect riding produced the track’s fastest-ever lap, almost 1.3s inside last year’s pole time. It was a remarkable lap, Stoner controlling several front-end slides.

Simoncelli wasn’t ready to accept defeat, however. After the first three sections of his final lap he was 0.001s inside Stoner’s best, but he didn’t end the lap as well as he had started it and so Stoner ended the day on top.

After securing his first pole position in the elite class at last weekend’s Catalan GP, Simoncelli was happy enough with second fastest, especially since he feels he is more comfortable with his race pace than he was this time last week. Simoncelli’s aim for the race is the same as it has been at the last few events – to score his first MotoGP podium, or, if possible, his first win.

Dovizioso worked hard throughout practice to perfect the set-up of his RCV, a particularly difficult job at Silverstone because of the bumpy surface and frequent changes of tarmac. This evening the Italian will sit down with his crew to analyse his data, in the hope of finding a little extra speed during the morning warm-up session.

Aoyama doesn’t have great memories of Silverstone. He ended his 2010 season at this track when he fell in morning warm-up, breaking a vertebra. This year he has worked methodically to get his RCV performing across all the bumps and changes of tarmac. He will start tomorrow’s race on the fourth row between Ducati riders Randy de Puniet and Hector Barbera.

Elias slid off at Vale in the early stages of qualifying, but continued on his second machine, running soft tyres and experimenting with a softer rear suspension linkage. Although he wasn’t happy with his position on the grid, the reigning Moto2 World Champion believes his team has made some progress with race set-up.

Marc Marquez (Team Catalunya Caixa Repsol-Suter) scored his first Moto2 pole position at Silverstone this afternoon, bettering local hero Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team-Suter) by the relatively comfortable margin of 0.497s. Stefan Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing-Kalex) took the last spot on the front row after an impressive final run.

Spanish teenager Marquez – who finished first and second in the last two Moto2 races – got into the groove during qualifying after focusing on fine-tuning machine set-up during free practice when he was sixth fastest, almost a second behind Redding.

Redding has had a difficult start to his second season in the Honda-powered Moto2 series, but feels that his performance today might be something of a turning point. The Briton always goes in well in front of his home crowd and will be aiming to score his first podium of the season tomorrow.

Bradl has been the standout Moto2 performer of the year so far, with victory in three of the first five races. The German also took pole position at each of the first five races – the first time anyone in Moto2 has scored five consecutive poles. But this time Bradl is happy enough with third fastest, because he’s once again on the front row and he has a good race pace.

Winner here last year, Jules Cluzel (Forward Racing-Suter) was fourth fastest this afternoon to lead the second row, where he is joined by Simone Corsi (Ioda Racing Project-FTR) and Michele Pirro (Gresini Racing Moto2-Moriwaki). Aleix Espargaro (Pons HP40-Pons Kalex) – who scored his first GP podium at Catalunya last weekend – leads row three in seventh position.

Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Repsol Honda Team) Hiroshi AOYAMA (San Carlo Honda Gresini)

Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Repsol Honda Team)

Hiroshi AOYAMA (San Carlo Honda Gresini)


Casey Stoner, Repsol Honda: pole position – 2m, 02.020s
“Everything has gone really well this weekend. We were lucky it stayed dry for qualifying, but it doesn’t look so good for tomorrow. We’ve been competitive in each session and in various weathers, so I hope we have prepared ourselves for the race, whatever the conditions. We haven’t changed too much from the set-up we had in Barcelona, and this afternoon was important for us to see what we could get from the hard tyre, what our pace is and if we can find some more edge grip, and we definitely found some more traction so I’m very happy with how everything is working at the moment. For pole position we changed the set-up and balance of the bike a little and on my best lap I lost the front a few times and wasn’t so confident with the balance, so I feel lucky to have got the pole, but for sure it’s the best way to start a Grand Prix. We’ll see what the weather does tomorrow, but I love this track and I love this part of the UK and I’m really happy to be here!”

Marco Simoncelli, San Carlo Honda Gresini: 2nd – 2m 02.208s
“I didn’t get pole position today, but I am happier than I was last weekend because at Barcelona it was only my last lap of qualifying that was really fast. This time my race pace is better on both hard and soft tyres, and I feel confident I can be fast in the dry and in the rain.”

Andrea Dovizioso, Repsol Honda: 5th – 2m, 03.212s
“Compared to this morning’s practice we improved the bike and I had quite a good feeling with my machine. We worked on the set-up to have more control especially over the bumps and the different track surfaces. After 10 laps we managed a 2m 03.8s with the hard tyres, which is not too bad. In the afternoon we were faster, but the others also improved a lot. We need to analyse the data and understand in which areas we can work to gain some tenths. Tomorrow we will begin from the second row and it will be very important to have a good start and maintain contact with the riders at the front.”

Hiroshi Aoyama, San Carlo Honda Gresini: 11th – 2m, 04.919s
“This is a difficult track and, of course, where I had my big fall last year. It has been a busy two days, trying to get the machine settings correct and trying to deal with all the conditions. We have had so many different weathers – rain, wind, sunshine. Hopefully warm-up will be dry because we have more things to check for the race. I will do my best in the race.”

Toni Elias, LCR Honda MotoGP: 14th – 2m 05.862s
“Despite the crash and the lap time we obtained some small improvements using a new suspension link that makes me more stable now. Obviously the crash spoiled our ‘to do’ list for the qualifying session, but I am lucky I am unhurt: I was lapping on hard rear tyre pushing a bit too much and I crashed out. Honestly I do not feel very comfortable in the dry so I am hoping to race in the wet tomorrow because it seems we have found a good direction.”


Marc Marquez, Team Catalunya Caixa Repsol-Suter: pole position, 2m, 08.101s
“Step by step I feel more confident with the bike. I’m happy with my first pole in this class, but more important are the race and the points for the championship. If it’s in the dry we know have a good race pace because lap by lap we were very consistent, although there are a few points on my bike I want to improve in warm-up. But the weather forecast is not so good. If it rains for the race it’s important to finish and a podium would be great.”

Scott Redding, Marc VDS Racing Team-Suter: 2nd, 2m, 08.598s
“We’ve had a difficult start to the year, so to come here and get a front-row start is really good for us. We were aiming for the first or second rows, so we’re happy to be second fastest. It’s a good for our confidence and now hopefully the tables will be turned and we can start getting some good results.”

Stefan Bradl, Viessmann Kiefer Racing-Kalex: 3rd, 2m, 08.618s
“The set-up has been quite good from the beginning and I’m happy to be on the front row. For qualifying it was very windy out there and there were big black clouds arriving, so everyone was immediately pushing for a fast lap time, in case the rain came. It’s important to be on the front row and we will do our best to ride a fast and clever racer tomorrow. But first we have to see what the weather will do.”

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 06
Grand Prix at Silverstone Qualifying
1 Casey STONER (Repsol Honda Team)
2 Marco SIMONCELLI (San Carlo Honda Gresini)
3 Jorge LORENZO (Yamaha Factory Racing)
4 Ben SPIES (Yamaha Factory Racing)
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Repsol Honda Team)
6 Karel ABRAHAM (Cardion AB Motoracing)
7 Nicky HAYDEN (Ducati Team)
8 Colin EDWARDS (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)
9 Alvaro BAUTISTA (Rizla Suzuki MotoGP)
10 Randy DE PUNIET (Pramac Racing Team)
11 Hiroshi AOYAMA (San Carlo Honda Gresini)
12 Hector BARBERA (Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP)
13 Valentino ROSSI (Ducati Team)
14 Toni ELIAS (LCR Honda MotoGP)
15 Loris CAPIROSSI (Pramac Racing Team)
16 Cal CRUTCHLOW (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)
1 Marc MARQUEZ (Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol)
2 Scott REDDING (Marc VDS Racing Team)
3 Stefan BRADL (Viessmann Kiefer Racing)
4 Jules CLUZEL (NGM Forward Racing)
5 Simone CORSI (Ioda Racing Project)
6 Michele PIRRO (Gresini Racing Moto2)
7 Aleix ESPARGARO (Pons HP 40)
8 Randy KRUMMENACHER (GP Team Switzerland Kiefer Racing)
9 Mike DI MEGLIO (Tech 3 Racing)
10 Alex DE ANGELIS (JIR Moto2)
1 Maverick VIÑALES (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing)
2 Nicolas TEROL (Bankia Aspar Team 125cc)
3 Johann ZARCO (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo)
4 Efren VAZQUEZ (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo)
5 Sandro CORTESE (Intact-Racing Team Germany)
6 Luis SALOM (RW Racing GP)
7 Hector FAUBEL (Bankia Aspar Team 125cc)
8 Jonas FOLGER (Red Bull Ajo MotorSport)
9 Alberto MONCAYO (Andalucia Banca Civica)
10 Sergio GADEA (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing)

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