Results and summary of qualifying practice for the MotoGP class at the Sachsenring:
Casey Stoner has secured his sixth pole of the year, putting in two scorching laps at the end of qualifying to secure his position. Stoner had not been fast early, Marco Simoncelli, Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo making the early running, but once the focus switched from setup to qualifying, Stoner made a leap forward. The Repsol Honda man was the first rider into the 1'21 bracket, and never relinquished pole again.
Beside Stoner on the front row is Dani Pedrosa, his shoulder coping well, helped by the fact that the Sachsenring consists largely of left handers, sparing his right shoulder, and this is a track he loves. Beside him on the outer edge of the front row is Jorge Lorenzo, the factory Yamaha rider putting in a big effort to secure 3rd with his very last lap, dislodging Marco Simoncelli from the front row. The San Carlo Gresini Honda rider has been fast all weekend, topping the first day of practice, but his rivals caught up with the Italian during qualifying. Lorenzo's Yamaha teammate Ben Spies sits in 5th, finding some improvement after Friday, and bumping Andrea Dovizioso down to 6th
Colin Edwards heads up the 3rd row, the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider doing better than his embattled teammate Cal Crutchlow, who had a nasty crash at the end of qualifying, though he walked away relatively unhurt. Nicky Hayden is the first Ducati on the grid at a track where the Desmosedici has struggled, sitting 8th just ahead of the Pramac Ducati of Randy de Puniet, while Alvaro Bautista rounds out the top 10 on the Rizla Suzuki.
Valentino Rossi's road to Calvary on the Ducati continues unabated, qualifying in just 16th, his worst ever position since starting 18th in Assen in 2006, after fracturing his wrist during free practice.
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