Casey Stoner on pole again in Japan

Casey Stoner

Casey Stoner

Casey Stoner’s blistering MotoGP form has continued in qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi.

The Australian edged out reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo by 0.26s to take his 10th pole position ahead of the 15th race of the season.

Andrea Dovizioso will start third on the second of the Repsol Honda’s, while yesterday’s fast-man Dani Pedrosa was fourth.

Ben Spies (Yamaha) secured fifth, while a last-gasp effort for Marco Simoncelli (Gresini Honda) knocked Ducati’s Valentino Rossi from the second row.

Simoncelli finished the session on his spare bike after an earlier fall – a fate mirrored by Tech 3 Yamaha’s Colin Edwards, who qualified back in 14th.

Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki), Hector Barbera  (Aspar Ducati) and Nicky Hayden (Ducati) rounded out the top 10, while Australian Damian Cudlin (Pramac Ducati) continued to improve – beating Honda wildcard Honda rider Shinichi Ito into 18th.

See below for the full session result

Pos.

Rider

Team

Bike

Time

Gap 1st/Prev.

1 Casey STONER Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’45.267
2 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1’45.523 0.256 / 0.256
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’45.791 0.524 / 0.268
4 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’45.966 0.699 / 0.175
5 Ben SPIES Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1’46.042 0.775 / 0.076
6 Marco SIMONCELLI San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1’46.211 0.944 / 0.169
7 Valentino ROSSI Ducati Team Ducati 1’46.467 1.200 / 0.256
8 Alvaro BAUTISTA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 1’46.586 1.319 / 0.119
9 Hector BARBERA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 1’46.694 1.427 / 0.108
10 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati Team Ducati 1’46.763 1.496 / 0.069
11 Hiroshi AOYAMA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1’46.811 1.544 / 0.048
12 Cal CRUTCHLOW Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’46.818 1.551 / 0.007
13 Randy DE PUNIET Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1’46.917 1.650 / 0.099
14 Colin EDWARDS Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’47.165 1.898 / 0.248
15 Karel ABRAHAM Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 1’47.922 2.655 / 0.757
16 Toni ELIAS LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1’48.169 2.902 / 0.247
17 Kousuke AKIYOSHI LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1’48.367 3.100 / 0.198
18 Damian CUDLIN Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1’48.962 3.695 / 0.595
19 Shinichi ITO Honda Racing Team Honda 1’49.971 4.704 / 1.009

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