Aragon MotoGP: Stoner Tops Qualifying

MotoGP Aragon Qualifying Results

Grip has been the major issue for Ducati Team rider Casey Stoner for much of the 2010 MotoGP season, but the Australian didn’t have any complaints Saturday after posting a blistering 1:48.942 at qualifying Saturday for the Motorland Aragon Grand Prix.

This will be Stoner’s second pole of the season, his first arriving at the season opener in Qatar. Stoner, who experimented with “slightly modified weight distribution” on his Desmosedici GP10, was the only rider to post under the 1:49 mark at the new Motorland Aragon, the third of four races in Spain.

Casey Stoner says:
 “We’ve been trying different things for the last few weekends to try and get the bike more competitive without making really big progress but it looks like we might have found something here. We’ve changed the weight distribution a little bit and it has given me more grip and confidence. Maybe it’s just the fact the bike suits this place but either way we’ve got to be happy to be back on pole for the first time since Qatar.”

“I also like riding at new circuits – when you haven’t already done a million laps around a place it’s always refreshing. We have to wait and see how the race pans out and see if I can run with these guys because we’ve had a few false dawns already this season so we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves but we feel good in race trim and I’m looking forward to it.”

Fiat Yamaha M1 rider Jorge Lorenzo will start from second at the inaugural Aragon GP, the series leader trailing Stoner by 0.309 of second. For this season, Lorenzo has been on the row for every race so far, and now has 15 consecutive front-row starts going back to last season. Lorenzo is also honoring the late Shoya Tomizawa, the Spaniard wearing a replica of the Moto2 rider’s helmet.

Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa completes the front row with a qualifying time of 1:49.343. He was only 0.092 of a second off his fellow countryman Lorenzo’s time. Pedrosa is coming off two consecutive wins, and if he gets his usual good start on his RC212V, a third is very possibly.

The three riders on the second row were the last to post times under the 1:50 mark. Leading the pack is Ducati Team rider Nicky Hayden, who is also putting in a great performance on the GP10. Hayden was just over a half of second slower than his teammate Stoner.Finishing out the second row are Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider Ben Spies and LCR Honda rider Randy de Puniet.

On the third row is Fiat Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi, Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso and San Carlo Honda Gresini rider Marco Simoncelli.

MotoGP: 2010 Motorland Aragon Qualifying Results:

1. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team 1’48.942
2. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team 1’49.251
3. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 1’49.343

Second Row

4. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team 1’49.506
5. Ben Spies (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’49.565
6. Randy de Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP 1’49.952

Third Row

7. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team 1’50.017
8. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda Team 1’50.046
9. Marco Simoncelli (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini 1’50.088

Fourth Row

10. Hector Barbera (SPA) Aspar Team 1’50.323
11. Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’50.440
12. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 1’50.523

Fifth Row

13. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Pramac Green Team 1’50.537
14. Marco Melandri (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini 1’50.580
15. Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) Interwetten-Honda MotoGP 1’50.836

Sixth Row

16. Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Green Team 1’51.490