Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class at Jerez:
Casey Stoner has taken his second pole of the season, setting the top time during qualifying at Jerez in the last 10 minutes of the session. Stoner finished ahead of his Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa, who just managed to nudge out the factory Yamaha of Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo's teammate Ben Spies heads up the second row of the grid, the Texan being nearly half a second slower than the Spaniard. Spies sits ahead of a pair of Hondas, Marco Simoncelli a quarter of a second faster than Andrea Dovizioso.
The session saw countless riders, conditions still clearly very tricky as far as grip is concerned. Valentino Rossi was the first rider to crash, losing the front at one of the left handers leading into the stadium section, and sliding relatively unharmed into the gravel. San Carlo Gresini's Hiroshi Aoyama was the next rider to go down, losing the front in a right hander, and getting his leg clipped by his back wheel as it tumbled towards the gravel. Karel Abraham rode a bucking Ducati into the gravel, while Randy de Puniet dropped his Pramac Ducati towards the end of the session.
In the final moments of the session, both Ben Spies and Casey Stoner also tasted the gravel at Turn 1. Spies had the front end fold on him, while Stoner pushed into Turn 1 too fast as he started his final lap of the session. Stoner found he could not scrub off enough speed to make the corner, pulling up on the brakes and riding through the gravel, toppling over at low speed as the bike approached the wall.
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