Results and summary of qualifying practice for the MotoGP class at Le Mans:
Casey Stoner has taken his third pole of the season at Le Mans, consolidating his dominance in the MotoGP class. But the Repsol Honda rider did not have the imperious margin he has held for the rest of the sessions, finishing just 0.059 ahead of San Carlo Gresini rider Marco Simoncelli, while Andrea Dovizioso hooked ride with Simoncelli on his fast lap to grab 3rd, ahead of Repsol teammate Dani Pedrosa.
Jorge Lorenzo failed to grab a spot on the front row for the first time this season, the Yamaha rider getting bumped down to 5th by the two Repsol men, and Lorenzo has the deeply impressive Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow just behind him in 6th. Crutchlow has consistently set a strong pace throughout practice, and continues to exceed expectations set of the former World Supersport champion. The third row sees the two remaining Yamahas, with Monster Tech 3's Colin Edwards ahead of factory rider Ben Spies. Spies is the last of the Yamahas, but starts ahead of the two factory Marlboro Ducatis, setting the same time as Valentino Rossi, and seven hundredths faster than Nicky Hayden, who rounds out the top 10.
Though the gaps are close in qualifying, they look a lot less close on race setups, as demonstrated earlier in the session. Before the riders put soft tires in and went for a qualifying spot, there was a whole second between 1st place and 4th, the Repsols of Casey Stoner and Andrea Dovizioso respectively. From Dovizioso backwards, the field was a lot close, a second separating the 4th place man from 17th. Weather conditions are still uncertain for tomorrow, with rain a possibility, which would open the race up completely.
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