Result of MotoGP qualifying at Phillip Island:
Casey Stoner will start from pole for Sunday's Australian Grand Prix, after dominating this afternoon's qualifying practice from the start. Stoner took the lead in the session just four and a half minutes in, and only relinquished it once, to Valentino Rossi in the last ten minutes. But Stoner took pole back with just a couple of minutes left, and succeeded in holding off the strong challenge from Rossi at the end. Dani Pedrosa finishes up the front row, but is nearly three quarters of a second off the polesitter's pace. Pedrosa did well to qualify where he did, after a big crash early in the session left him using his second bike for the remainder.
Pedrosa edged Jorge Lorenzo off the front row of the grid by the tiniest of margins, just 0.001 seconds, ending Lorenzo's remarkable record of not being off the front row of the grid this season. Lorenzo afterwards complained that he is still feeling weak after the stomach problems he suffered yesterday, but he starts the race with a serious deficit to his team mate and title challenger.
|6||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||HONDA||1'31.260||0.919||0.164|
|8||14||Randy DE PUNIET||HONDA||1'31.380||1.039||0.055|