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07/02/11
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Stoner tops MotoGP grid at Mugello  With uncertain weather conditions threatening, the MotoGP grid hurried to put down as many laps as possible and the Australian on the Repsol Honda set a new circuit record of 1’48.034 in the first half of the session, to qualify him almost half a second faster than Ben Spies. The American managed to qualify second on the grid with a time of 1’48.479 at only his second visit to the Tuscan circuit.

Spies edged out Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team) by just 0.006s, who was unable to respond with a faster attempt as rain began in earnest in the last 25 minutes of the hour long qualifying.

Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) will start Sunday’s race from the head of the second row, after setting a time of 1'48.694, a 0.394s improvement over his best time set in FP1. The Italian was 0.062s quicker than Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo, who set an earlier lap record in FP3. The Spaniard’s qualifying time was 1'48.756, over half a second slower than his earlier best time. Completing the second row will be Colin Edwards on his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 bike, trailing Lorenzo by 0.218s.

Cal Crutchlow (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) leads row three and is the last of the field within a second of the record breaking lap of Stoner. He is joined by last year's race winner Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) and the first Ducati Team finisher in the bunch ridden by Nicky Hayden. The Kentucky Kid’s team mate Valentino Rossi finished the session in 12th.

Starting Grid

Pos.

Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'48.034 0.000 / 0.000
2 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1'48.479 0.445 / 0.445
3 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1'48.485 0.451 / 0.006
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'48.694 0.660 / 0.209
5 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1'48.756 0.722 / 0.062
6 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'48.974 0.940 / 0.218
7 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'49.021 0.987 / 0.047
8 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'49.398 1.364 / 0.377
9 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 1'49.509 1.475 / 0.111
10 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 1'49.663 1.629 / 0.154
11 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 1'49.678 1.644 / 0.015
12 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'49.902 1.868 / 0.224
13 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1'50.156 2.122 / 0.254
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 1'50.460 2.426 / 0.304
15 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1'50.651 2.617 / 0.191
16 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1'50.742 2.708 / 0.091

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