Casey Stoner will look to extend his MotoGP points lead from pole position at Misano. The Repsol Honda rider snagged pole in record-breaking fashion, his 1’33.138 lap bettering his own circuit record set three years ago. Joining the Australian on Row 1 for tomorrow’s race are championship rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Stoner’s Repsol teammate, Dani Pedrosa.
Casey Stoner snared the Misano pole position in record-breaking fashion, bettering his own mark of three years ago.
Stoner’s Misano qualifying success marks his eighth pole position of the year in 13 tries. Yamaha’s Lorenzo logged the closest challenge, leading for much of the session before Stoner peeled off his record-setting time. The defending champion will have to cut into his 44-point deficit from second on the grid.
Lorenzo’s teammate, Ben Spies, will lead Row 2. The Texan was more than a half second off the pace of the third-fastest Pedrosa, but bettered the pace of fellow sophomore GP competitor, Gresini Honda’s Marco Simoncelli. Repsol Honda’s third rider, Andrea Dovizioso, starts the Misano grid in sixth – the Italian third in the points.
Colin Edwards led the non-factory supported riders in seventh. The Tech 3 rider, announced yesterday as the rider for Forward Racing’s 2012 CRT effort, is followed by Suzuki’s Alvaro Bautista and Mapfre Aspar’s Hector Barbera – the latter rider holding the distinction of being the fastest Ducati in qualifying.
Row 4 sees Gresini Honda’s second rider, Hiroshi Aoyama, lead followed by a pair of Ducatis – factory rider Valentino Rossi and AB Cardion’s Karel Abraham. Other Ducati riders fared worse, with factory man Nicky Hayden relegated to 15th and the Pramac duo of Randy de Puniet and Loris Capirossi a respective 14th and 16th. De Puniet also had the misfortune of crashing during the session, as did Cal Crutchlow – the Tech 3 Yamaha rider qualifying in 13th. Toni Elias brings up the rear, as usual, with the former MotoGP winner and LCR rider a full three seconds off Stoner’s qualifying pace.
2011 MotoGP Qualifying Misano:
1. Casey Stoner (Honda) 1'33.138
2. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 1'33.258
3. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 1'33.318
4. Ben Spies (Yamaha) 1'33.947
5. Marco Simoncelli (Honda) 1'33.990
6. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) 1'34.026
7. Colin Edwards (Yamaha) 1'34.054
8. Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki) 1'34.360
9. Hector Barbera (Ducati) 1'34.592
10. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda) 1'34.637
11. Valentino Rossi (Ducati) 1'34.676
12. Karel Abraham (Ducati) 1'34.727
13. Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) 1'34.791
14. Randy de Puniet (Ducati) 1'34.870
15. Nicky Hayden (Ducati) 1'34.955
16. Loris Capirossi (Ducati) 1'35.502
17. Toni Elias (Honda) 1'36.167
10. Scot Redding (Suter) 1'39.412