Results and summary of Qualifying Practice for MotoGP:
Valentino Rossi took his first pole of the year at Le Mans, snatching the top spot from Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa with less than a minute to go. Adding insult to injury Rossi's Fiat Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo also shot ahead of Pedrosa as the final seconds ticked away, taking 2nd from his compatriot, leaving Pedrosa the final spot on the front row.
Casey Stoner had been fast throughout the session, leading for large parts of practice, but the Marlboro Ducati rider simply could not get the softer tires to work in the crucial last couple of minutes, and could not improve his time, ending the day in 4th, and four tenths off Rossi's pole time. Stoner has his teammate alongside him on the second row, Nicky Hayden finding a burst of pace in the last few minutes, leaping up to 5th with two minutes to go. LCR Honda's Randy de Puniet rounds out the second row, much to the delight of the home crowd.
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