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05/05/12
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Stoner and Pedrosa will start 1-2 in Estoril
Casey Stoner on pole
Casey Stoner took his first pole position of the season with Dani Pedrosa in second just 0.013 off his team mate in a dramatic qualifying practice session at the Estoril circuit.

Both Repsol Honda riders sealed their front row spots for the Grand Prix of Portugal in the dying minutes of the session, which was interrupted by a red flag with eleven minutes remaining due to a crash involving De Puniet and Edwards.

The Repsol Honda Team is prepared for a big battle tomorrow with Casey looking for his first victory at this track in the premier class. Dani will be hoping to repeat the win he achieved here last year and also take his 100th career podium.

Today’s qualifying session for the Grand Prix of Portugal proved to be a frustrating one for both Yamaha Factory riders. Jorge Lorenzo led for most of the session until a red flag incident between Colin Edwards and Randy De Puniet forced a restart with nine minutes remaining. A mixture of heavy traffic along with a lack of confidence in certain corners resulted in a gradual drop to a grid position of fourth on the second row, just 0.278 seconds from pole. This will be the first time since 2008 that Lorenzo has not started from the front row of the grid at Estoril.

CASEY STONER      1st 1'37.188

"In general it's been a good day for us and I'm really happy to get pole. FP3 was positive and we made progress on the bike, we had the bike turning well with good front feeling. Unfortunately in qualifying we tried to improve it further but managed to lose the good points! We did find a little better feeling in the rear but we couldn't get the bike to turn and do what we wanted it to. We didn't really feel we had the pace to be on pole today, but after the red flag came out with 10 minutes remaining we were able to get out there and put together a good enough lap to take pole. We've been pretty fast in every session and our race pace gives us confidence but we'll have to have a think about which set up direction we go for in warm up and hope this is the best for the race. I was sorry to see Colin has broken his collar bone again and I send him by best wishes"

DANI PEDROSA      2nd 1'37.201

"I think we did a good job in qualifying and to be on the front row here after all the issues we had is a great thing. I couldn't put too many good laps together because I had some problems on the bike, first with the brakes, then with the electronics and by the end I was feeling good but we had to stop again due to the red flag. I honestly think that in the last minutes of the session I could have taken the pole but there was a lot of traffic and I missed it by just 0.013. The race will be very tough tomorrow because the track conditions are poor, the grip is low and it makes the tires spin a lot. We will try to set up our bike a little better for tomorrow to do our best in the race".

Starting Lineup

Pos Rider Time Nat. Bike Team
1 Casey Stoner 1'37.188 AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Dani Pedrosa 1'37.201 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Cal Crutchlow 1'37.289 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
4 Jorge Lorenzo 1'37.466 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
5 Ben Spies 1'37.723 USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
6 Alvaro Bautista 1'37.917 SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
7 Andrea Dovizioso 1'37.943 ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
8 Hector Barbera 1'38.006 SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
9 Valentino Rossi 1'38.059 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Nicky Hayden 1'38.253 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
11 Stefan Bradl 1'38.265 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
12 Aleix Espargaro 1'39.353 ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP
13 Karel Abraham 1'39.398 CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
14 Randy De Puniet 1'39.586 FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
15 Yonny Hernandez 1'40.029 COL BQR-FTR BQR
16 Michelle Pirro 1'40.225 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
17 Mattia Pasini 1'40.387 ITA ART Speed Master
18 Colin Edwards 1'40.964 USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
19 James Ellison 1'41.394 GBR ART Paul Bird Racing
20 Danilo Petrucci 1'41.486 ITA IODA Ioda Racing Project
21 Ivan Silva 1'41.490 SPA BQR-FTR BQR

Championship standings

1 Jorge Lorenzo 45 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
2 Casey Stoner 41 pts AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Dani Pedrosa 36 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Cal Crutchlow 26 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
5 Andrea Dovizioso 22 pts ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Alvaro Bautista 19 pts SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
7 Nicky Hayden 18 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Team
8 Stefan Bradl 17 pts GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
9 Hector Barbera 13 pts SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
10 Valentino Rossi 13 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
11 Ben Spies 10 pts USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
12 Aleix Espargaro 5 pts ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP
13 Colin Edwards 4 pts USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
14 Danilo Petrucci 3 pts ITA IODA Ioda Racing Project
15 Randy De Puniet 3 pts FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
16 Mattia Pasini 2 pts ITA ART Speed Master
17 Yonny Hernandez 2 pts COL BQR-FTR BQR
18 Ivan Silva 1 pts SPA BQR-FTR BQR
19 James Ellison 0 pts GBR ART Paul Bird Racing
20 Karel Abraham 0 pts CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing

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