Stoner on pole in Catalunya
World champion takes his second pole of the season
By William Esler. Last Updated: 02/06/12 7:16pm
Casey Stoner: On pole at the Circuit de Catalunya
Repsol Honda's Casey Stoner will start from pole at the Catalunya Grand Prix after pipping Yahama's Jorge Lorenzo in qualifying.
The defending world champion, who will retire at the end of the season, set a time of 1 minute 41.295 seconds, 0.146s quicker than home favourite Lorenzo.
Cal Crutchlow continued his impressive start to 2012 as he compled the front row on a privateer Yamaha. It is the third time this season that the Briton has qualified in the top three.
Randy de Puniet was the topped the CRT class in 13th place, half a second clear of Colin Edwards, who is making his return from a shoulder injury.
Lorenzo leads Stoner in the championship standings by eight points in the standings, with Dani Pedrosa 25 points off the top spot.
Moto GP Qualifying
1. Casey Stoner (AUS) - Honda - 1.41.295
2. Jorge Lorenzo (ESP) - Yamaha - 1:41.441
3. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) - Yamaha - 1:41.548
4. Ben Spies (USA) - Yamaha - 1:41.552
5. Dani Pedrosa (ESP) - Honda - 1:41.656
6. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) - Yamaha - 1:41.687
7. Nicky Hayden (USA) - Ducati - 1:42.029
8. Stefan Bradl (GER) - Honda - 1:42.065
9. Valentino Rossi (ITA) - Ducati - 1:42.175
10. Alvaro Bautista (ESP) - Honda - 1:42.356