MotoGP Estoril Quali Results: Rain Forced Cancellation Puts Lorenzo on Pole

What Happens When It Rains, Not in Spain, but in Protugal

9:29am EST — Rain was the story at Estoril, washing out the first practice for the 2010 Portuguese Grand Prix, lengthening the third, and forcing a cancellation of qualifying.  Rather than the usual hour of running, the torrential rain forced a delay, then a complete cancellation of all qualifying a half hour after MotoGP qualifying should have started.  Instead, the starting grid was decided by the combined practice times, putting Jorge Lorenzo, Nicky Hayden, and Valentino Rossi onto the front row for the second to last round of the MotoGP season, at Estoril.  Both Dani Pedrosa and Loris Capirossi, out recently due to injuries, practiced and are likely to race Sunday.  Carlos Checa has replaced Mika Kallio for the final two rounds of the season at Pramac Ducati.

Starting Grid for the 2010 Portuguese Grand Prix (determined by combined practice times):
1. Lorenzo 1:48.522
2. Hayden 1:48.657
3. Rossi 1:48.657
4. Stoner 1:49.061
5. Spies 1:49.721
6. Melandri 1:49.784
7. Dovizioso 1:50.007
8. de Puniet 1:50.043
9. Edwards 1:50.313
10. Simoncelli 1:50.500
11. Espargaro 1:50.787
12. Pedrosa 1:50.824
13. Capirossi 1:51.518
14. Bautista 1:52.734
15. Barbera 1:53.131
16. Aoyama 1:53.317
17. Checa 1:53.933


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