Stoner tears up Phillip Island taking pole at his home Grand Prix

Casey Stoner today secured his eleventh pole position of the season and the fourth consecutive at the Phillip Island circuit after leading all three practice sessions.

The young Australian, who celebrates his birthday tomorrow on race day set a fantastic lap time of 1'29.975, with substantial gap of 0.473 to second place Lorenzo. Tomorrow he will be looking to fight for his fifth consecutive win on this circuit, in front of his home fans.

Tomorrow, Casey Stoner could potentially clinch his second World Championship. If he is able to score 10 points or more than title contender Jorge Lorenzo, he will seal the Championship with two races remaining. Honda will also be hoping to see at least one of their machines take a top three spot, this would be enough for them to be awarded the Constructor's Championship, their 60th in Grand Prix racing.

CASEY STONER – 1st 1'29.975
"So far so good, we have a good race pace and the bike's feeling pretty good at the moment. We still need to improve the rear grip, but I think this is the same for everyone, we'd also like to get the harder rear tire working better for the race. We began Qualifying with older tires to understand where we are for the race and I'm quite happy as the lap times we were achieving were similar to Jorge and Dani who were on the new soft tire. Then we put on the soft tire for the first time since yesterday morning, everything felt good and we were able to improve our lap time consistently, but it's still difficult on the left side of the tire and we're getting a lot of spinning and tire degradation. We'll see what the weather does tomorrow, it's not looking too good right now but we'll adapt to whatever it throws at us. Jorge is strong everywhere we go and I think my chances of taking the Championship here tomorrow is pretty slim to be honest, we're just going to go out there and concentrate on winning the race".


Pos Rider Time Nat Bike Team
1 Casey Stoner 1'29.975 AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo 1'30.448 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
3 Marco Simoncelli 1'30.599 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
4 Alvaro Bautista 1'30.714 SPA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
5 Andrea Dovizioso 1'30.780 ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
6 Nicky Hayden 1'30.792 USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
7 Ben Spies 1'30.835 USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
8 Dani Pedrosa 1'30.871 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
9 Colin Edwards 1'31.237 USA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
10 Loris Capirossi 1'31.583 ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
11 Randy De Puniet 1'31.635 FRA DUCATI Pramac Racing
12 Hiroshi Aoyama 1'31.889 JPN HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
13 Valentino Rossi 1'31.980 ITA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
14 Cal Crutchlow 1'32.023 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
15 Karel Abraham 1'32.054 CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
16 Toni Elias 1'32.503 SPA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
17 Damian Cudlin 1'36.666 (out of 107%) AUS DUCATI Paginas Amarillas Aspar

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