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Stoner storms to second pole of 2012
Casey Stoner
The Repsol Honda Team put on a strong performance in Qualifying today for the Grand Prix of Catalunya, the fifth round of the MotoGP World Championship with Casey Stoner on pole position and Dani Pedrosa in fifth place.

Casey, who has won every Spanish race in the last 12 months, secured his second pole of the season and 40th of his career (36 in MotoGP) on his last exit with a time of 1'41.295 and will be aiming to repeat his win here from 2011.

Dani Pedrosa, fastest in morning practice, is confident he can do one of his trademark starts. With Casey on the top of the time sheets and only two minutes remaining, Dani was also fighting for pole but after completing the third sector 0.080 tenths from his team mate, he ran off track in turn 10 and missed the front row of the grid by just a tenth of a second.

His ideal lap time from qualifying practice (the combination of fastest lap sections) would have seen him placed second behind Casey.

CASEY STONER 1st 1'41.295

"We used the qualifying as an extended practice session as we don't always have enough time to do everything during the 45 minute sessions. This morning we did a lot of work with the hard tire, so in the afternoon in these hot conditions, we worked more with the softer one to get a clearer understanding if we can run with it for race distance. We were in and out a lot during the session trying a few different things, hoping to reduce the chatter which is still proving to be a problem, as soon as I touch the throttle the bike starts to chatter in the rear and it's making things very difficult. Towards the end of the session we managed to improve it slightly but I think we need to make another step before the race. Tomorrow, for sure tire degradation is going to play a role so we're going to have to wait and see but I'm happy to start from pole".

Qualifying Results


Rider Time Nat Bike Team
1 Casey Stoner 1'41.295 AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo 1'41.441 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
3 Cal Crutchlow 1'41.548 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
4 Ben Spies 1'41.552 USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
5 Dani Pedrosa 1'41.656 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
6 Andrea Dovizioso 1'41.687 ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
7 Nicky Hayden 1'42.029 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
8 Stefan Bradl 1'42.065 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
9 Valentino Rossi 1'42.175 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Alvaro Bautista 1'42.356 SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
11 Hector Barbera 1'42.375 SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
12 Karel Abraham 1'43.266 CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
13 Randy De Puniet 1'43.500 FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
14 Colin Edwards 1'44.024 USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
15 Aleix Espargaro 1'44.041 ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP
16 Michelle Pirro 1'44.356 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
17 James Ellison 1'44.763 GBR ART Paul Bird Racing
18 Mattia Pasini 1'44.764 ITA ART Speed Master
19 Yonny Hernandez 1'44.833 COL BQR-FTR BQR
20 Danilo Petrucci 1'45.730 ITA IODA Ioda Racing Project
21 Ivan Silva 1'45.962 SPA BQR-FTR BQR

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