Stoner scores Catalan Grand Prix pole

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Saturday 2nd June, 2012 - 11:18pm

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Casey Stoner

Casey Stoner

Casey Stoner will start Sunday’s Catalan Grand Prix from pole position after topping MotoGP qualifying for the second time this season.

The Australian set his best time of 1:41.30s with eight minutes still remaining in the hour-long session.

The result marks the 40th pole position of Stoner’s Grand Prix career, which is set to come to an end at the conclusion of the 2012 season.

Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo, Cal Crutchlow and Ben Spies filled second through fourth, with the Briton securing his third front-row start in five races.

Dani Pedrosa ended the session with just the fifth fastest time after running off at Turn 10 during the final minutes.

Andrea Dovizioso, Nicky Hayden, Stefan Bradl, Valentino Rossi and Alvaro Bautista rounded out the top 10, while Randy de Puniet was fastest of the CRT riders in 13th.

See below for the full qualifying result  

Pos.

Rider

Team

Bike

Time

Gap 1st/Prev.

1 Casey STONER Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’41.295
2 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1’41.441 0.146 / 0.146
3 Cal CRUTCHLOW Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’41.548 0.253 / 0.107
4 Ben SPIES Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1’41.552 0.257 / 0.004
5 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’41.656 0.361 / 0.104
6 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’41.687 0.392 / 0.031
7 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati Team Ducati 1’42.029 0.734 / 0.342
8 Stefan BRADL LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1’42.065 0.770 / 0.036
9 Valentino ROSSI Ducati Team Ducati 1’42.175 0.880 / 0.110
10 Alvaro BAUTISTA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1’42.356 1.061 / 0.181
11 Hector BARBERA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1’42.375 1.080 / 0.019
12 Karel ABRAHAM Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 1’43.266 1.971 / 0.891
13 Randy DE PUNIET Power Electronics Aspar ART 1’43.500 2.205 / 0.234
14 Colin EDWARDS NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 1’44.024 2.729 / 0.524
15 Aleix ESPARGARO Power Electronics Aspar ART 1’44.041 2.746 / 0.017
16 Michele PIRRO San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 1’44.356 3.061 / 0.315
17 James ELLISON Paul Bird Motorsport ART 1’44.763 3.468 / 0.407
18 Mattia PASINI Speed Master ART 1’44.764 3.469 / 0.001
19 Yonny HERNANDEZ Avintia Blusens BQR 1’44.833 3.538 / 0.069
20 Danilo PETRUCCI Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 1’45.730 4.435 / 0.897
21 Ivan SILVA Avintia Blusens BQR 1’45.962 4.667 / 0.232

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