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Stoner storms to pole in Valencia
Casey Stoner put on a stunning display in his final qualifying session with Ducati to take pole position for the last race of the 2010 season at Valencia, posting the only sub-1’32” lap of the weekend so far in a strong 45-minute run. The Australian’s hot lap of 1’31.799 left him 0.331s clear at the top of the timesheet, and came after he had dealt with an early run-off as he pushed hard for his fourth pole of the campaign.

World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, sporting a special edition helmet for the final-round occasion, followed Stoner onto the front row with a best effort of 1’32.130 on his Fiat Yamaha M1 having led for a large portion of the session.

Carrying his progress from the practice sessions into qualifying was Marco Simoncelli and the Italian rookie’s display was rewarded with his first front-row start in the premier class. The San Carlo Honda Gresini rider was just over a tenth of a second off Lorenzo.

A late surge from Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha) placed the Italian fourth (+0.531s on Stoner) as he battled to find enough pace to challenge near the top end, with American duo Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) and Ben Spies (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) also taking places on the second row of the grid.

Completing the top ten in the session were Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda), Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) and Marco Melandri (San Carlo Honda Gresini).

Sunday’s season-ending Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana gets underway at 2pm local time.

Qualifying Results
1 Casey Stoner 1m 31.799 AUS DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo 1m 32.130 SPA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
3 Marco Simoncelli 1m 32.244 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
4 Valentino Rossi 1m 32.330 ITA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
5 Nicky Hayden 1m 32.422 USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
6 Ben Spies 1m 32.566 USA YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
7 Colin Edwards 1m 32.579 USA YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
8 Dani Pedrosa 1m 32.603 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
9 Andrea Dovizioso 1m 32.886 ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
10 Marco Melandri 1m 32.917 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
11 Randy De Puniet 1m 32.925 FRA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
12 Aleix Espargaro 1m 33.085 SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
13 Hector Barbera 1m 33.170 SPA DUCATI Paginas Amarillas Aspar
14 Loris Capirossi 1m 33.339 ITA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
15 Hiroshi Aoyama 1m 33.343 JPN HONDA Interwetten Honda MotoGP
16 Carlos Checa 1m 33.499 SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
17 Alvaro Bautista 1m 35.515 SPA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

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