Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner has grabbed his second pole start of the season, beating off stiff competition from teammate Dani Pedrosa and factory Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo. The Australians quickest time of 1:38.757s was 0.158s ahead of Pedrosa who had set the early pace in the morning practice session.
It was Lorenzo who had been at the top of the timesheet for most of the session , before first being knocked off by Pedrosa and then Stoner, who in the final moments of the session was pushing so hard he failed to slow his RC212V down in time and ended up in the gravel unscathed.
Yamaha’s Ben Spies will head Row 2 in 4th and Spies will join the list of riders that had a fall into the gravel during the session. Marco Simoncelli continues to be the third fastest Honda, starting in 5th on his San Carlo Honda Gresini ahead of the third factory Honda of Andrea Dovizioso who will start in 6th.
Row 3 will be lead by Randy De Puniet who will start as the lead Ducati on his Pramac machine and was another rider to visit the gravel during the session. 8th place is occupied by the first of the two Monster Yamaha Tech3 with Colin Edwards who left the gravel unhurt after the bike let go through Turn 2. Teammate Cal Crutchlow put in another impressive performance to start in 9th.
Despite what looked like a painful high speed crash, which saw his San Carlo Honda Gresini hit his leg on the way down, Hiroshi Aoyama will start at the head of Row 4 in 10th, followed by Nicky Hayden on the Marlboro Ducati and teammate Valentino Rossi will start alongside him in 12th after falling early in the session.
Hector Barbera will lead Row 5 in 13th on the Mapfre Aspar Ducati ahead of Rizla Suzuki stand-in John Hopkins in 14th. Loris Capirossi’s difficult weekend continues as he starts in 15th. Row 6 will be lead by the Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati of Karel Abraham in 16th and the back of the grid is occupied by the LCR Honda of Toni Elias.