2012 Misano MotoGP Qualifying Practice Result: Three-Way Pole Battle Settled In Final Moments
Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class at Misano:
Dani Pedrosa has secured his fourth pole of the season, taking top qualifying spot after a fascinating battle for the top qualifying spot. The battle for pole started later than usual, the riders taking advantage of the first fully dry track of weekend so far to catch up on the set up work they had missed due to the damp conditions during free practice. It intensified with 15 minutes to go, reaching a crescendo with 5 minutes to go.
Pedrosa had led for much of the session, but his position came under attack from Jorge Lorenzo. Then Lorenzo was toppled from provisional pole, with a brilliant lap from LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl. Bradl's time would stand for five minutes or so, before coming under attack from Cal Crutchlow. But in the final minute, pole would be settled in a straight showdown between Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa, Pedrosa finally coming out on top.
Lorenzo starts from 2nd, just missing out in the final section and conceding pole by eighteen hundredths of a second. Cal Crutchlow starts from the front row for the second race in a row, ending qualifying in 3rd. Stefan Bradl heads up the second row, starting from 4th, just ahead of a strong showing by Alvaro Bautista, doing well at Gresini's home race. The new parts Valentino Rossi received for the Ducati appear to have improved the Italian's fortunes, as he will start from 6th, though the gap to Pedrosa is over three quarters of a second.
Andrea Dovizioso heads up the third row, ahead of Ben Spies and a strong showing by Jonathan Rea. Rea has quickly closed the gap to the MotoGP regulars, and lapped just over a third of a second slower than the factory Yamaha man Ben Spies. Nicky Hayden will start from 10th, struggling with a fractured metacarpal bone in his right hand.
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