Stoner annihilates the opposition as he takes Valencia pole

World Champion Casey Stoner took his 12th pole position of the year after taking pole by over A Second from teammate Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha’s Ben Spies at a somber Valencia with the paddock and the fans still coming to terms over the death of Marco Simoncelli

Stoner went fastest early on from Pedrosa and De Puniet and then it started to spit rain which for a while looked like would mean no one would improve.

However with 15 mins to go times started coming back as the rain stopped and the track was dry.

Stoner then went and improved his time by over a second to set a 1:31.861,Pedrosa 2nd with a 1:32.875 and Ben Spies with a 1:33.057.

De Puniet,who had been in the top 3 for almost all the session will start 4th,best qualifying result for the Pramac team this season,Bautista continued his recent good form with 5th and Valentino Rossi pulled a late lap out to start 6th.

2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden will start 7th,Dovizioso 8th after a nasty fall at the end of Qualifying,Barbera 9th from Abraham,Crutchlow and Capirossi,who is carrying the number 58 on his bike in his final ever race.

Elias,Aoyama,Nakasuga,who is again in for Lorenzo and Josh Hayes,who is in for Colin Edwards this weekend complete the grid.

Qualifying Results

1.Stoner 1:31.861

2.Pedrosa 1:32.875

3.Spies 1:33.057

4.De Puniet 1:33.118

5.Bautista 1:33.443

6.Rossi 1:33.478

7.Hayden 1:33.656

8.Dovizioso 1:33.824

9.Barbera 1:34.186

10.Abraham 1:34.265

11.Crutchlow 1:34.329

12.Capirossi 1:34.671

13.Elias 1:34.680

14.Aoyama 1:34.838

15.Nakasuga 1:35.999

16.Hayes 1:36.042

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