Stoner shows way for 12th time

2011-11-05 16:18

VALENCIA, Spain - Australian Casey Stoner finished the final qualifying session of the 2011 MotoGP season more than a second ahead of the rest of the field for his record-equalling 12th pole start of the year.

The record was set by five-times World champion Mick Doohan in 1997.

Stoner's Honda team mate Dani Pedrosa will start second and Yamaha's Ben Spies third.


Stoner topped the times in the first two free practice sessions on Friday ahead of Sunday's season-closing Valencia MotoGP

The Honda rider set the early benchmark with a time of 1min45.513, with team mate Dani Pedrosa 0.223sec back in second and multiple former champion Valentino Rossi's Ducati third at 0.315sec.

Germany's Stefan Bradl secured the Moto2 World title by default on Saturday when nearest rival Marc Marquez was forced to withdraw from Sunday's race in Valencia.

Bradl has a 23-point advantage over Marquez, who has not recovered in time from sight problems caused by a crash at the Malaysian GP in October.

Repsol said in a statement: "Marquez will not take part in today's practice or in tomorrow's race so the Moto2 title will be for Germany's Stefan Bradl, with whom he has fought a hard battle in the second half of the 2011 season."

Valencia 2011 MotoGP qualifying result
1 Casey Stoner (Australia) Honda 1min31.861
2 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 1min32.875
3 Ben Spies (US) Yamaha 1min33.057
4 Randy de Puniet (France) Ducati 1min33.118
5 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Suzuki 1min33.443
6 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Ducati 1min33.478
7 Nicky Hayden (US) Ducati 1min33.656
8 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Honda 1min33.824
9 Hector Barbera (Spain) Ducati 1min34.186
10 Karel Abraham (Czech Republic) Ducati 1min34.265

Moto2 qualifying 
1 Michele Pirro (Italy) Moriwaki 1min37.067 
2 Yuki Takahashi (Japan) Moriwaki 1min37.076 
3 Mika Kallio (Finland) Suter 1min37.477 
4 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Kalex 1min37.870 
5 Alex de Angelis (San Marino) Motobi 1min37.888 
6 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Suter 1min37.963 
7 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Suter 1min38.095 
8 Xavier Simeon (Belgium) Tech 3 1min38.182 
9 Mike Di Meglio (France) Tech 3 1min38.496 
10 Simone Corsi (Italy) FTR 1min38.565

Valencia Grand Prix 125cc qualifying 
1 Danny Webb (Britain) Mahindra 1min45.898
2 Louis Rossi (France) Aprilia 1min46.325 
3 Johann Zarco (France) Derbi 1min48.028 
4 Luis Salom (Spain) Aprilia 1min48.264 
5 Alexis Masbou (France) KTM 1min48.283 
6 Hector Faubel (Spain) Aprilia 1min48.288 
7 Sandro Cortese (Germany) Aprilia 1min48.731 
8 Maverick Vinales (Spain) Aprilia 1min48.756 
9 Nicolas Terol (Spain) Aprilia 1min48.920 
10 Jonas Folger (Germany) Aprilia1min49.438