Casey Stoner scores last lap Assen pole

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Friday 29th June, 2012 - 11:21pm

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Casey Stoner at the Assen circuit

Casey Stoner at the Assen circuit

Australian Honda rider Casey Stoner has claimed pole position for the Iveco TT Assen in the Netherlands.

The retiring world champ saved his best until last in a mixed weather session, claiming the pole on his final lap and edging out team-mate Dani Pedrosa. Due to light and intermittent showers, Stoner looked destined to start tomorrow’s race from ninth, but the clouds parted in the final moments where Stoner pieced together an amazing lap of 1m33.713s to push Pedrosa back to second.

The result gives the Repsol Honda team the first two places on the front-row.

Factory Yamaha championship leader Jorge Lorenzo will start from third, but did not have an answer for the fast Hondas.

LCR Honda rider Stefan Bradl took an encouraging fourth place, his best MotoGP effort.

Cal Crutchlow jumped up the order late in the session on his Tech 3 Yamaha to take fifth ahead of Ben Spies (Yamaha), Andrea Dovizioso (Tech 3 Yamaha), Silverstone pole-sitter Alvaro Bautista (Gresini Honda) and the Ducati duo of Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi.

Aspar Aprilia team-mates Randy de Puniet and Aleix Espargaro led the CRT division, claiming 12th and 13th respectively.

Qualifying results, Assen

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 303.4 1’33.713
2 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 303.4 1’33.828 0.115 / 0.115
3 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 305.7 1’34.001 0.288 / 0.173
4 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 304.0 1’34.035 0.322 / 0.034
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 299.0 1’34.486 0.773 / 0.451
6 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 297.2 1’34.644 0.931 / 0.158
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 299.6 1’34.698 0.985 / 0.054
8 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 299.4 1’34.722 1.009 / 0.024
9 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 300.0 1’34.751 1.038 / 0.029
10 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 302.1 1’35.057 1.344 / 0.306
11 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 305.0 1’35.289 1.576 / 0.232
12 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 286.6 1’35.830 2.117 / 0.541
13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 286.3 1’36.007 2.294 / 0.177
14 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 283.2 1’36.647 2.934 / 0.640
15 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 284.7 1’36.943 3.230 / 0.296
16 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 270.0 1’36.967 3.254 / 0.024
17 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 302.8 1’37.110 3.397 / 0.143
18 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 279.8 1’37.191 3.478 / 0.081
19 77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 283.5 1’37.281 3.568 / 0.090
20 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 284.3 1’37.554 3.841 / 0.273
21 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 283.4 1’38.305 4.592 / 0.751

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