Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class at Valencia:
Casey Stoner has taken pole position for his last race on the Marlboro Ducati with a blistering lap at the very end of practice. Stoner had been fast from the beginning of the session, but had lost provisional pole to Jorge Lorenzo at the halfway mark, the Fiat Yamaha rider performing his usual trick of tightening the ratchet, until the pace is too hot for the rest to follow. Lorenzo kept chipping away, his lead looking ever more comfortable until Stoner's final scorching lap put nearly a third of a second on the 2010 World Champion.
San Carlo Gresini rider Marco Simoncelli's outstanding end to the season continued apace, the Italian rookie earning his first ever front row start in the MotoGP class, just a tenth of a second behind Lorenzo. After struggling in the early part of practice, Valentino Rossi pulled a fast lap out of the bag at the very end, to snatch 4th place, after having languished around the 10th position for much of qualifying. Rossi starts ahead of a trio of Americans, Kentucky's Nicky Hayden ending qualifying ahead of the Tech 3 Texan Twosome of Ben Spies and Colin Edwards.
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