2012 Motegi MotoGP Qualifying Practice Result: Stunning Lap Smashes Pole Record
Results and summary of the qualifying practice result at Motegi:
Jorge Lorenzo has taken his sixth pole position of the 2012 season, posting a blistering lap in the dying seconds of the qualifying session at Motegi to secure pole. The Spaniard had led for the first part of the session, swapping provisional pole with Dani Pedrosa for a while, but as the riders started pressing for qualifying positions, Lorenzo started losing places. He grabbed a spot on the front row with less than ten minutes to go, but on his fast flying lap, he stepped up the pace a couple of notches to dominate the opposition, setting a new pole record and being the first man to post a sub-1'45 lap around Motegi.
Dani Pedrosa will start from 2nd on the grid. The Repsol Honda man had been strong throughout practice, but chatter problems left the Spaniard unable to push harder and challenge for pole. Pedrosa sits ahead of Cal Crutchlow, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider getting under the existing lap record on his first run at pole, but losing time to a mystery vibration in his second attempt. Ben Spies will start the race from 4th, the Factory Yamaha rider having a strong and consistent weekend, something he has needed after his run of luck this season, and starts ahead of Alvaro Bautista, the San Carlo Gresini Honda man continuing his strong showing at Motegi. Bautista had sat near the top of the timesheets throughout the session, only losing out once qualifying started in earnest.
Andrea Dovizioso could not turn his speed in free practice into a front-row start, the Monster Tech 3 man starting from 6th, and rounding out the second row. Heading up the third row is Casey Stoner, the Repsol Honda man hampered by his injured ankle and consistently seven tenths off the pace. Stoner starts ahead of Stefan Bradl, the LCR Honda's qualifying session made difficult by a crash in the first half of the session, leaving him down in 8th, but ahead of Valentino Rossi. The Factory Ducati man ended qualifying in 9th, a second off the pace of Lorenzo, and half a second ahead of teammate Nicky Hayden, who rounds out the top 10.
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