Stoner sets stunning pole time at Aragon

Casey Stone will start from pole position at the Aragón MotoGP.

Casey Stone will start from pole position at the Aragón MotoGP.

After a difficult and winless season so far, Stoner will start the Grand Prix of Aragón ahead of Yamaha’s championship leader Jorge Lorenzo and Honda’s Dani Pedrosa.

Stoner’s pole position was his first since the opening round of the year at Qatar, becoming the first and only rider to get under the 1m49s mark on his Ducati Desmosedici GP10. His time was 1m48.942s on his penultimate lap of the session – clearly the best of any rider.

Lorenzo will start from the front row of the grid for the 15th successive race after maintaining his fantastic qualifying record, which stretches back to the Malaysia round last year. The Fiat Yamaha rider was 0.309s off Stoner with a best time of 1m49.251s.

In-form rider Pedrosa contended for pole and appeared to be en route to taking top spot when he went through the second split on his final lap 0.215s up on Stoner, but the Spaniard ran wide, eventually placing third.

Stoner’s team-mate Nicky Hayden will line-up fourth, ahead of Ben Spies (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda) and a disappointing Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha) – 1.075s from Stoner.

Check out the video of qualifying

Qualifying results

Pos

Rider

Team

Bike

Time

1

Casey Stoner

Ducati Team

Ducati

1:48.942

2

Jorge Lorenzo

Fiat Yamaha Team

Yamaha

1:49.251

3

Dani Pedrosa

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

1:49.343

4

Nicky Hayden

Ducati Team

Ducati

1:49.506

5

Ben Spies

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha

1:49.565

6

Randy de Puniet

LCR Honda MotoGP

Honda

1:49.952

7

Valentino Rossi

Fiat Yamaha Team

Yamaha

1:50.017

8

Andrea Dovizioso

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

1:50.046

9

Marco Simoncelli

San Carlo Honda Gresini

Honda

1:50.088

10

Hector Barbera

Paginas Amarillas Aspar

Ducati

1:50.323

11

Colin Edwards

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha

1:50.440

12

Alvaro Bautista

Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

Suzuki

1:50.523

13

Aleix Espargaro

Pramac Racing Team

Ducati

1:50.537

14

Marco Melandri

San Carlo Honda Gresini

Honda

1:50.580

15

Hiroshi Aoyama

Interwetten Honda MotoGP

Honda

1:50.836

16

Mika Kallio

Pramac Racing Team

Ducati

1:51.490

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