Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class at Brno:
Dani Pedrosa has taken his first pole of the season at Brno, capping yesterday's dominance with the fastest time during qualifying. Pedrosa led from early on, but was displaced from the top spot first by Casey Stoner and then by Jorge Lorenzo. With 14 minutes to go, Lorenzo became the first man to get into the 1'56 bracket with a lap of 1'56.704, but his time was bested very shortly afterwards by Pedrosa, the Repsol Honda man taking back pole, then going on to improve his time with his last lap on track.
Jorge Lorenzo was left to start from 2nd, the Yamaha rider sitting just ahead of Casey Stoner, who was unable to beat the times of the two Spaniards. Ben Spies put in a strong performance despite a pinched nerve in his neck, and will head up the 2nd row of the grid in 4th, nearly six tenths behind Pedrosa, but ahead of the San Carlo Gresini Honda of Marco Simoncelli. The improvement that Valentino Rossi's Marlboro Ducati team found yesterday carried through to Saturday, Rossi posting his best qualifying of the year with a 6th place, just three quarters of a second off the pace of Pedrosa and ahead of the third Repsol Honda of Andrea Dovizioso, who heads up the third row of the grid.
Dovizioso sits ahead of a pair of Americans, Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Colin Edwards finishing ahead of Ducati's Nicky Hayden, while Hiroshi Aoyama rounds out the top 10. Cal Crutchlow ended qualifying in 11th, and Toni Elias had his best qualifying session of the year and will start from 12th. Karel Abraham had another rough qualifying session in front of his home crowd, crashing in the final minutes and sitting last in the standings, but at least he should be able to take part in the race, unlike last year in Moto2. And John Hopkins has been ruled out of the race with a finger injury, a bitter disappointment to the American who had been going so well as a wildcard entry on the Rizla Suzuki.
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