Stoner scores pole position at Phillip Island

Casey Stoner

Casey Stoner

Casey Stoner has qualified on pole for tomorrow’s Iveco Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island.

For the 21st time in his career, Stoner will start from pole position as he aims to create history by winning four race in-a-row at Phillip Island.

The session was held in the dry with rain only hitting the track right at the conclusion of the one hour session.

Ducati’s Stoner, who is celebrating his birthday today, was the standout of the session, clocking a time of 1m30.107s, more than six tenths ahead of new world champion Jorge Lorenzo (Fiat Yamaha).

Third place went to American Ben Spies (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) – his third career front-row starting position. Spies’ team-mate Colin Edwards will start the race from fifth.

Splitting the Tech 3 machines is Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini) and the best of the Italian riders.

Rounding out the top 10 is Nicky Hayden (Ducati), Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda), Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha), Andrea Dovisioso (Repsol Honda) and Marco Melandri (San Carlo Honda Gresini).

Honda’s Dani Pedrosa had a difficult session, finishing 15th – more than three seconds down on Stoner. Pedrosa is still recovering from a broken collarbone while fighting to maintain his second place in the MotoGP championship.

Hector Barbera and Loris Capirossi both had incidents during the session.

Qualifying, MotoGP, Phillip Island

Pos. Rider Nation Team Bike Time
1 Casey STONER AUS Ducati Team Ducati 1’30.107
2 Jorge LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 1’30.775
3 Ben SPIES USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’31.386
4 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1’31.402
5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’31.415
6 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 1’31.530
7 Randy DE PUNIET FRA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1’31.554
8 Valentino ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 1’31.627
9 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’32.018
10 Marco MELANDRI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1’32.367
11 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1’32.542
12 Mika KALLIO FIN Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1’32.816
13 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda 1’33.190
14 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 1’33.224
15 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’33.384
16 Hector BARBERA SPA Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati 1’33.390
17 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 1’34.269

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