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Stoner takes MotoGP pole at Aragon
Casey Stoner took his first pole since the season opener in Qatar with the top time in qualifying on Saturday at Aragon, setting a scorching pace on the Spanish track. The Australian became the first and only rider to get under the 1’49” mark so far this weekend on board his Ducati Desmosedici GP10, when he posted a best time of 1’48.942 on his penultimate lap of the session.

Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo will start from the front row of the grid for the 15th successive race after maintaining his fantastic qualifying record, which stretches back to the Malaysia round last year. The Fiat Yamaha rider was 0.309s off Stoner with a best time of 1’49.251.

Dani Pedrosa contended for pole throughout the session and the Repsol Honda rider appeared to be en route to taking top spot when he went through the second split on his final lap 0.215s up on Stoner, but the Spaniard was pushing hard and ran wide, eventually placing third at a fraction over four-tenths of a second off the top time.

Consistency has been Nicky Hayden’s strong point this weekend and he only missed out on a front row start by 0.163s, ending the session in fourth place. Ben Spies (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was impressive in fifth as he placed his M1 alongside his fellow American’s Ducati, whilst Randy de Puniet continued to go from strength to strength as he qualified his LCR Honda machine in sixth.

Heading up the third row after coming in seventh on the timesheet Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha) was 1.075s from Stoner, with Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) and Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini) both within a tenth of a second of the reigning World Champion. Hector Barberá (Páginas Amarillas Aspar) completed the top ten.



Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 27 Casey STONER AUS Ducati Team Ducati 1'48.942 0.000 / 0.000
2 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 1'49.251 0.309 / 0.309
3 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'49.343 0.401 / 0.092
4 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 1'49.506 0.564 / 0.163
5 11 Ben SPIES USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'49.565 0.623 / 0.059
6 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1'49.952 1.010 / 0.387
7 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 1'50.017 1.075 / 0.065
8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'50.046 1.104 / 0.029
9 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1'50.088 1.146 / 0.042
10 40 Hector BARBERA SPA Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati 1'50.323 1.381 / 0.235
11 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'50.440 1.498 / 0.117
12 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 1'50.523 1.581 / 0.083
13 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1'50.537 1.595 / 0.014
14 33 Marco MELANDRI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1'50.580 1.638 / 0.043
15 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda 1'50.836 1.894 / 0.256
16 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1'51.490 2.548 / 0.654

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