Results and summary of qualifying practice for the MotoGP class at Barcelona:
Casey Stoner has taken his second pole position of the season at Barcelona, posting a blistering lap in the final five minutes that no one else was capable of matching. Stoner had led the session early, breaking into the 1'41s on a hard tire at the start, but once the MotoGP field turned their attention from race setup to setting a fast time on soft tires, his original time came under attack. Several riders came past, including Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa, Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Andrea Dovizioso and factory Yamaha man Jorge Lorenzo, but Stoner cranked up the pace at the end to take pole, getting to within a tenth of a second of his old pole record, set in 2008 on special soft qualifying tires.
Jorge Lorenzo came close to deposing Stoner, but the Spaniard could not match the pace of the Australian in the final sector of the track, leaving Lorenzo to start from 2nd and the middle of the front row. Rounding out the front row, for the third time this year, was Cal Crutchlow, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha man putting in another strong performance pushed no doubt by the intense rivalry with his teammate Andrea Dovizioso. Ben Spies had a much better session in the afternoon than he had in the morning, heading up the second row in 4th, a quarter of a second behind Stoner and only a tenth slower than his factory Yamaha teammate. Dani Pedrosa had looked favorite to deprive Stoner of pole, having been very quick when the times first started to drop, but a mistake in his final run meant he lost his last shot at improving his time and will start the race from 5th. Andrea Dovizioso rounds out the second row, and will start from 6th, directly behind his teammate.
Nicky Hayden had another solid qualifying session, ending up 7th on the grid and fastest Ducati, while Stefan Bradl also had a strong qualifying, ending up with the 8th time, ahead of Valentino Rossi who will start from 9th. Though the Ducati man is struggling with rear grip, the distance to the front runners is less than it has been. Alvaro Bautista rounds out the top 10.
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