Stoner roars to fourth pole of the year

Casey Stoner left nothing to chance this afternoon and scored his fourth pole of the season and thirtieth of his career (26 in MotoGP class) at the Silverstone circuit, which will tomorrow host the sixth round of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship. Team mate Andrea Dovizioso will start on the second row of the grid, in fifth position.

The Australian Repsol Honda rider completed a stunningly fast lap seven minutes before the end of the qualifying session. His 2'02.020 lap was 1.2 seconds quicker than the 2010 pole position set by Jorge Lorenzo. However, Stoner's pace is not only impressive on the flying lap but also for race pace: in the one hour qualifying practice, he completed 5 laps under the 2010 pole position and 8 laps under the circuit record (2'03.526).

CASEY STONER – 1st 2'02.020
"Everything has gone really well this weekend, we were lucky it stayed dry for qualifying but it doesn't look so good for tomorrow. We've been competitive in each session and in various weather so I hope we have prepared ourselves for the race tomorrow, whatever the conditions. We haven't changed too much from the set up we had in Barcelona and this afternoon was important for us to see what we could get from the hard tire, what our pace is and if we can find some more edge grip, and we definitely found some more traction so I'm very happy with how everything is working at the moment. For the pole position we changed the set up and balance of the bike a little and on my best lap I closed the front a few times and wasn't so confident with the balance, so I feel lucky to have got the pole but for sure it's the best way to start the Grand Prix. We'll see what the weather does tomorrow but I love this track and love this part of the UK and I'm really happy to be here!"

Qualifying Results
1 Casey Stoner 2'02'020 AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Marco Simoncelli 2'02.208 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
3 Jorge Lorenzo 2'02.237 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
4 Ben Spies 2'02.677 USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
5 Andrea Dovizioso 2'03.212 ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
6 Karel Abraham 2'04.151 CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
7 Nicky Hayden 2'04.304 USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
8 Colin Edwards 2'04.508 USA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
9 Alvaro Bautista 2'04.520 SPA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
10 Randy De Puniet 2'04.589 FRA DUCATI Pramac Racing
11 Hiroshi Aoyama 2'04.919 JPN HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
12 Hector Barbera 2'05.164 SPA DUCATI Paginas Amarillas Aspar
13 Valentino Rossi 2'05.781 ITA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
14 Toni Elias 2'05.862 SPA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
15 Loris Capirossi 2'06.256 ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
16 Cal Crutchlow 2'07.911 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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