Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class at Valencia:
Casey Stoner has tied Mick Doohan's record for the most pole positions in a season, by dominating qualifying and securing pole by over a second at Valencia. The Repsol Honda rider took charge of the session early, and was never challenged, putting in a blistering lap with five minutes to go to leave him a second clear of the field.
Stoner's Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa will start from beside the Australian on Sunday, the Spaniard a second slower than Stoner but nearly two tenths faster than Ben Spies, the Yamaha rider rounding out the front row of the grid. The Ducatis continue to shine in the fickle weather conditions and slippery surface at Valencia, with Randy de Puniet continuing his impressive final outing with the Pramac team to take 4th, ahead of another strong showing from Rizla Suzuki's Alvaro Bautista.
The Marlboro Ducati's had a good session too. Valentino Rossi equaled his best qualifying of the year to take 6th, and the final spot on the second row, while teammate Nicky Hayden starts from 7th and heads up the third row, ahead of Repsol's Andrea Dovizioso and two more Ducatis, the Mapfre Aspar bike of Hector Barbera and the Cardion AB machine of Karel Abraham. Dovizioso had a fairly rough tumble through the gravel at the end of the session, though he got up and walked away from the crash.
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