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ANOTHER RACE, ANOTHER POLE: Honda's Casey Stoner says he's going to retire - but he sure hasn't slowed down. Image: AFPM

Montmelo, Spain - Casey Stoner pipped championship leader Jorge Lorenzo to grab his second pole position of the 2010 series in qualifying for the Catalunya MotoGP on Saturday.

The Australian Honda rider and current champion, who said in May that he would retire at the end of the season because he had fallen out of love with the sport, lapped the sun-drenched Montmelo circuit near Barcelona in a fastest time of 1min41.295, 0.146 ahead of Spaniard Lorenzo.


Briton Cal Crutchlow was 0.107sec further back in third on a Yamaha and will complete the front row for Sunday's race, the fifth of the season.

Lorenzo is leading the championship standings on 90 points, with Stoner second on 82 and his Spanish team mate Dani Pedrosa third on 65.

2012 Catalunya MotoGP qualifying times
1 Casey Stoner (Australia) Honda 1min41.295
2 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 1min41.441
3 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Yamaha 1min41.548
4 Ben Spies (US) Yamaha 1min41.552
5 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 1min41.656
6 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Yamaha 1min41.687
7 Nicky Hayden (US) Ducati 1min42.029
8 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda 1min42.065
9 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Ducati 1min42.175
10 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Honda 1min42.356

2012 Moto3 qualifying times
1 Maverick Vinales (Spain) Honda 1min52.160
2 Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Malaysia) KTM 1min52.428
3 Louis Rossi (France) Honda 1min52.603
4 Sandro Cortese (Germany) KTM 1min52.629
5 Miguel Oliveira (Portugal) Honda 1min52.757
6 Luis Salom (Spain) Kalex 1min52.833
7 Alexis Masbou (France) Honda 1min52.950
8 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Honda 1min52.9

2012 Moto2 qualification
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Suter 1min46.187
2 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Kalex 1min46.382
3 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Suter 1min46.430
4 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Speed up 1min46.477
5 Simone Corsi (Italy) FTR 1min46.816
6 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Suter 1min46.844
7 Scott Redding (Britain) Kalex 1min46.866
8 Toni Elias (Spain) Suter 1min47.107
9 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Kalex 1min47.107
10 Alex de Angelis (San Marino) Suter 1min47.115

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