2012 Indianapolis MotoGP Qualifying Practice Result: New Pole Record Taken In Session Marred By Crashes
Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class at Indianapolis:
Dani Pedrosa has taken pole for Sunday's MotoGP race at Indianapolis, after another qualifying session heavily marred by crashes. Casey Stoner was the first to suffer, suffering a massive highside at Turn 14 after 12 minutes of the session, which caused him to tear a ligament in his right ankle and to be taken away for further checks. Practice was red-flagged for the marshalls to clear the debris, but half an hour later, it was the turn of Ben Spies to fly off in exactly the same way at exactly the same spot. Spies escaped with just a few bangs and bruises, and heavily shaken up, but he would not be the last rider to crash there. With 8 minutes to go, Nicky Hayden suffered an identical crash to Stoner and Spies, being flung off his bike at high speed in Turn 14. Though he escaped serious injury, Hayden was knocked unconscious and was taken to a local hospital for a CT scan. Hayden's crash also caused the session to be red-flagged.
Beyond the drama, Pedrosa took pole comfortably, looking smooth and fast on the Repsol Honda. Jorge Lorenzo made a huge improvement over this morning, ending qualifying in 2nd, after finishing the morning practice way down the order. Andrea Dovizioso rounds out the front row of the grid, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha man unlucky to be balked by Aleix Espargaro while on a fast lap. Despite his crash - very unfortunate, as the Texan was half a second up before his highside - Ben Spies ended qualifying in 4th, and heads up the second row. LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl sits beside him in 5th, while Casey Stoner qualified in 6th, having posted a very fast time early on in the session, on just his 3rd lap before crashing.
Cal Crutchlow heads up the third row of the grid, the Tech 3 man qualifying in 7th, and ahead of Nicky Hayden who is 8th. Alvaro Bautista rounds out the third row of the grid on the San Carlo Gresini Honda, while Randy de Puniet posted a very respectable time on the Aprilia CRT bike to finish in 10th, ahead of Valentino Rossi. Rossi clearly decided that discretion was the better part of valor, for on his fast lap in the final few minutes, the factory Ducati man brilliantly saved a crash in exactly the same place as the three men who highsided, and settled for 11th.
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