Casey Stoner scores pole at Misano

Casey Stoner pushed hard to score pole at Misano

Casey Stoner pushed hard to score pole at Misano

Australian Casey Stoner has taken pole position for tomorrow’s San Marino Grand Prix at the Misano World Circuit.

Stoner, currently leading the MotoGP world championship over Jorge Lorenzo, set the pace and comfortably took his eighth pole position of 2011.

Stoner’s only rival in the session was Lorenzo, but with 15 minutes to go, Stoner set his mark, beating his Ducati lap record from 2008.

Lorenzo ended up second fastest, 0.12s behind the championship leader.

“The team has done a great job, the bike feels pretty good and we managed to get some good times,” Stoner said in the post-qualifying press conference.

“It’s been a good weekend for us but it will be a tough race, the weather takes its toll and Dani (Pedrosa) and Jorge are very close to us.”

Pedrosa will start third ahead of Ben Spies (Yamaha), Marco Simoncelli (Gresini Honda), Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) and Colin Edwards (Tech 3 Yamaha).

Alvaro Bautista took eighth place, continuing his and Suzuki’s recent run of strong form.

Hector Barbera was the best of the Ducati riders in ninth from Hiroshi Aoyama. Valentino Rossi will start from 11th place on the grid.

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 274.0 1’33.138
2 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 271.7 1’33.258 0.120 / 0.120
3 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 276.6 1’33.318 0.180 / 0.060
4 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 269.6 1’33.947 0.809 / 0.629
5 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 267.9 1’33.990 0.852 / 0.043
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 273.8 1’34.026 0.888 / 0.036
7 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 266.4 1’34.054 0.916 / 0.028
8 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 274.6 1’34.360 1.222 / 0.306
9 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 274.7 1’34.592 1.454 / 0.232
10 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 274.8 1’34.637 1.499 / 0.045
11 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 271.2 1’34.676 1.538 / 0.039
12 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 273.3 1’34.727 1.589 / 0.051
13 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 267.7 1’34.791 1.653 / 0.064
14 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 268.9 1’34.870 1.732 / 0.079
15 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 271.8 1’34.955 1.817 / 0.085
16 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 270.7 1’35.502 2.364 / 0.547
17 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 272.6 1’36.167 3.029 / 0.665

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