Casey Stoner has qualified on pole for the season-ending MotoGP race at Valencia, Spain.
The Australian topped the timesheet by a clear 0.263s, with a best lap of 1m32.256s securing him the top spot and continuing his domination of the category in the past few rounds.
Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa was next quickest as he improved his own best practice time by over 0.4s to secure second place ahead of Jorge Lorenzo.
Valentino Rossi took fourth place, and in doing so, secured him enough points to claim the BMW M Award for best qualifier in MotoGP in 2009.
Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) took fifth spot for the eighth time this season ahead of Stoner’s Ducati Marlboro team-mate Nicky Hayden. Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda) is seventh while Toni Elías (San Carlo Honda Gresini), Ben Spies and Andrea Dovizioso round out the top 10.