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Hierarchy confirmed at Le Mans

MotoGP hierarchy confirmed at Le Mans
If there was any doubt over the present machinery hierarchy in MotoGP, Saturday's qualifying session at Le Mans seemed to spell out the status quo.

By the end of qualifying, four Hondas were followed by four Yamahas, then three Ducatis and a Suzuki.

Given that Le Mans has traditionally been a strong Yamaha circuit, there now seems little doubt that the factory RC212V has overtaken the M1 in terms of being best all-round package.

Yamaha's reigning world champion and title leader Jorge Lorenzo, who saw his seven-race run of front row starts end with fifth on the grid at Le Mans, hopes he can fight for the podium on Sunday.

“We start on the second row for tomorrow; we will try to keep our pace of 34.0 or 34.1 seconds. If we can do this then maybe we can fight for the podium. If other riders make some mistakes and are not fast enough and we are a little bit faster then it's possible to fight for more,” said Lorenzo.

Lorenzo was half a second from pole man Casey Stoner, with the top Ducati of Valentino Rossi 1.053sec behind.

Alvaro Bautista, the only Suzuki rider, lapped 1.360sec from Stoner.

The last five places on the grid - 13th to 17th - will see three satellite Ducatis sandwiched between two satellite Hondas.

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9 times world champ and the cheapseats start talking because it is taking him a bit to get used to the Ducati. From what I can see, many great riders are having problems with that bike and guess what: Rossi is at the top of them. The Honda is pretty damn good this year, thats a fact. The Yamaha is still a great package. The Ducati needs improvement to get there. Yes, Stoner was fast on it, but the Honda also wasn't as good back then, and Nicky was also qualifying higher.


May 14, 2011 11:28 PM

"Rossi is doing well on that Duc, it just needs more." *falls out of chair* Obviously your definition of "well" mustn't coincide with the rest of the world's definition. Rossi and Ducati have produced slower times in preseason than last season, the times at some tracks have been slower, he has qualified in the bottom 50% every race (9th, 12th, 9th, and 9th) and behind both Tech 3 bikes 3 times, and doesn't even have Ducati's best finish this season. There is no way you can spin that and say he is doing well on the Ducati. Rossi doens't design anything or make any parts and Ducati has clearly shown that they can't solve the problems with the bike the last couple of years so it isn't fair to lay the blame at his feet, but you can't say with a straight face that he is doing well. He could have 50 World titles but it wouldn't change the actual results which are a far cry from doing well on the Ducati.

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