Rossi wins pole in France

Le Mans 2010 - MotoGP - QP - highlights

Fiat Yamaha rider sets the fastest time in qualifying to ensure he will start Sunday’s Monster Energy Grand Prix de France from pole. Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa will complete the front row. >

Le Mans 2010 – MotoGP – QP – highlights

Valentino Rossi topped a frantic qualifying to take pole position for Sunday’s Monster Energy Grand Prix de France, as the final ten minutes of the Saturday session saw the top spot on the timesheet change hands a number of times as the MotoGP riders pushed hard in the Le Mans sunshine.

The Italian went round in a best time of 1’33.408 on the 28th of his 30 laps to take his first pole position of the 2010 season, and secure the prime starting spot at the French circuit for the first time since 2005.

Jorge Lorenzo made it a Fiat Yamaha one-two in the session as he went round just 0.054s off Rossi’s pace on the penultimate of his 31 laps, consistently riding amongst the fastest times, whilst Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) completed the front row of the starting grid with a fine effort late on as well.

Casey Stoner had been one of those competing for pole throughout the session but the Ducati Marlboro man had to settle for the first slot on the second row, 0.416s off Rossi’s time as he felt the benefit of some changes to his front forks. The Australian’s team-mate Nicky Hayden, at just two-hundredths behind, joined him as the final rider under the 1’34" mark to register the fifth best time. LCR Honda rider Randy de Puniet will start his home GP from the second row as well after an impressive session placed him sixth.

Repsol Honda’s Andrea Dovizioso pushed himself to the front of row three with a final lap that placed him seventh in the session, and Colin Edwards of the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team and Rizla Suzuki’s Loris Capirossi were eighth and ninth fastest respectively.

Completing the top ten times of the session was Aleix Espargar¢¢, who managed a run off at Turn 7 well to stay on his Ducati of the Pramac racing team and go on to set his best time with his last lap of the session.

Ben Spies (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Mika Kallio (Pramac Racing) were both back on track after their crashes in free practice earlier in the day, and set the 12th and 16th fastest times respectively in qualifying.



Rider Time Nat Bike Team
1 Valentino Rossi 1m 33.408 ITA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo 1m 33.462 SPA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
3 Dani Pedrosa 1m 33.573 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Casey Stoner 1m 33.824 AUS DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
5 Nicky Hayden 1m 33.845 USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
6 Randy De Puniet 1m 34.074 FRA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
7 Andrea Dovizioso 1m 34.204 ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
8 Colin Edwards 1m 34.304 USA YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
9 Loris Capirossi 1m 34.306 ITA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
10 Aleix Espargaro 1m 34.514 SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
11 Marco Melandri 1m 34.523 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
12 Ben Spies 1m 34.920 USA YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
13 Marco Simoncelli 1m 34.942 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
14 Hiroshi Aoyama 1m 34.979 JAP HONDA Interwetten Honda MotoGP
15 Hector Barbera 1m 35.323 SPA DUCATI Paginas Amarillas Aspar
16 Mika Kallio 1m 35.810 FIN DUCATI Pramac Racing

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