Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class at Indianapolis:
Casey Stoner has taken his 7th pole position of the season, dominating qualifying practice throughout to end the session over half a second ahead of his nearest rival Ben Spies. Stoner brooked no opposition, snatching pole by over a second with just 7 minutes of the session gone, smashing the pole record three minutes later, and then getting into the 1'38s with over 5 minutes of qualifying left to go. Stoner's pole time of 1'38.850 beat the existing pole record held by Dani Pedrosa by just under nine-tenths of a second.
Ben Spies was the only man even remotely capable of staying in the same timezone as Stoner, the factory Yamaha rider bagging 2nd on the grid and at least being close to the pace of the Australia, Spies also ending qualifying some four tenths faster than Pedrosa's previous pole record. Jorge Lorenzo snagged the final spot on the front row, posting a strong lap with 6 minutes to go to take 3rd. Last year's winner Dani Pedrosa could not get near to Lorenzo's time, ending qualifying in 4th and the first man to finish outside a second of Stoner's time.
Pedrosa heads up a large group with very close times: Repsol Honda teammate Andrea Dovizioso starts from beside Pedrosa in 5th, while Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Colin Edwards takes the final spot on the second row in 6th. Marco Simoncelli heads up the third row from 7th, ending just ahead of Marlboro Ducati's Nicky Hayden in 8th and Rizla Suzuki rider Alvaro Bautista in 9th, while Mapfre Aspar Ducati's Hector Barbera rounds out the top ten. Just over four tenths of a second separate Pedrosa in 4th from Barbera in 10th, the field all very close in mid-pack.
Valentino Rossi's qualifying got off to a miserable start, the Italian crashing his #1 bike early in the session and damaging it badly enough that he could not use it again during qualifying. Rossi's #2 GP11.1 was set up slightly differently to his crashed bike, and the Marlboro Ducati rider was over 2 seconds off the pace throughout QP, ending up with the 14th time. Rossi will start from the 5th row on the grid.
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