Results and summary of qualifying practice for the MotoGP class at Mugello:
Casey Stoner has taken pole for Sunday's Italian Grand Prix, setting an early fast lap as the rain hit the Mugello circuit once again during a MotoGP weekend. After losing most of yesterday afternoon's session to the weather, the rain came in yet again on Saturday afternoon to call an early halt to proceedings, leaving the riders who made a fast lap early in the session well up the standings.
Marco Simoncelli made the early running, with Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner close to the Italian, but as the twenty minute mark approached, Stoner put in a scorching lap to take pole, smashing Valentino Rossi's record in the process, and even besting the fastest time of the weekend so far set by Jorge Lorenzo. Shortly after, the rain came, getting heavier as the session went on, destroying any hope of improvement on the grid, and leaving all of the riders sitting in the pits for most of the session.
The rain left Casey Stoner on pole, with Yamaha's Ben Spies behind him in 2nd, the Texan putting a fast lap in just before the rain started in earnest, just shading Marco Simoncelli into 3rd. Andrea Dovizioso will start from the head of the second row ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, the Spaniard looking annoyed that he could not capitalize on his fast time from the morning. Behind Lorenzo is a brace of Monster Tech 3 Yamahas, Colin Edwards impressive once again in 6th, his teammate Cal Crutchlow equally impressive in 7th, especially given that Crutchlow has never ridden the notoriously hard-to-learn circuit.
Dani Pedrosa sits beside Crutchlow in 8th, with the Marlboro Ducati of Nicky Hayden rounding out the 3rd row. Behind Hayden sits an entire row of Ducatis, Hector Barbera ahead of Karel Abraham, and Valentino Rossi down in 12th, a major disappointment in his home race, at a track he loves.
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