Stoner claims fourth-straight Island pole

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Saturday 15th October, 2011 - 2:50pm

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Casey Stoner has taken pole position at Phillip Island

Casey Stoner has taken pole position at Phillip Island

Casey Stoner has clinched the top spot in qualifying at the Iveco Australian Grand Prix, securing his fourth successive pole position at Phillip Island.

The Australian Repsol Honda rider continued his blistering Island form, beating Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) and Marco Simoncelli (Honda Gresini).

It is Stoner’s 11th pole from 16 rounds this year.

Stoner languished as low as fourth in the first half of the session, but as he has done so many times before, unleashed his raw speed, reeling off the three fastest times of the sessions, scoring the top spot.

Behind Lorenzo and Simoncelli was Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki), scoring his career-best qualifying result.

Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) and Nicky Hayden (Ducati) took fifth and sixth ahead of Ben Spies (Yamaha), who crashed heavily at Turn 3 early in the session, but rejoined later to take seventh place.

Dani Pedrosa (Honda), Colin Edwards (Tech 3 Yamaha) and Loris Capirossi (Pramac Ducati) rounded out the top 10.

Seven-time world champion Valentino Rossi (Ducati) placed a lowly 13th.

Karel Abraham crashed his Cardion AB Ducati at Siberia in the closing stages of the session while Australian rider Damian Cudlin (Aspar Ducati) completed only one slow lap. After his heavy crash in the morning’s practice session, Cudlin is uncertain to start tomorrow’s race.

See below for the complete grid for tomorrow’s Iveco Australian Grand Prix.

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 321.4 1’29.975
2 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 314.9 1’30.448 0.473 / 0.473
3 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 316.5 1’30.599 0.624 / 0.151
4 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 319.3 1’30.714 0.739 / 0.115
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 320.6 1’30.780 0.805 / 0.066
6 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 314.7 1’30.792 0.817 / 0.012
7 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 315.7 1’30.835 0.860 / 0.043
8 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 316.1 1’30.871 0.896 / 0.036
9 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 314.2 1’31.237 1.262 / 0.366
10 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 310.3 1’31.583 1.608 / 0.346
11 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 313.9 1’31.635 1.660 / 0.052
12 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 318.9 1’31.889 1.914 / 0.254
13 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 315.4 1’31.980 2.005 / 0.091
14 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 316.5 1’32.023 2.048 / 0.043
15 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 321.1 1’32.054 2.079 / 0.031
16 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 321.6 1’32.503 2.528 / 0.449
6 Damian CUDLIN AUS Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 303.8 1’36.666 6.691 / 4.163

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