Stoner on pole at Catalunya

Casey Stoner edges championship leader Jorge Lorenzo to take pole position for Sunday's Catalunya MotoGP.

    Stoner on pole at Catalunya
    The 26-year-old Australian was a winner on the Catalynya track a year ago [Reuters]

    Casey Stoner took pole position ahead of MotoGP leader Jorge Lorenzo in a scorching qualifying session for the Catalunya Grand Prix on Saturday.

    Stoner, who won at the Catalunya Circuit for the second time last year, set the quickest lap time of 1 minute, 41.295 seconds on his Ducati in high temperatures.

    Lorenzo gave his home Spanish fans hope of victory on Sunday after filling the front row ahead of fellow Yamaha riders Cal Crutchlow of Britain and Ben Spies of the United States. Dani Pedrosa, who had been fastest in Saturday's final practice, ran off the track on his Honda and will start fifth.

    Lorenzo leads Stoner, the defending MotoGP champion, by eight points with Pedrosa 25 points behind the Spanish leader.

    Spanish riders swept to pole position in the lower categories as Marc Marquez took pole in Moto2 and Maverick Vinales in the Moto3 race.

    Qualifying results

    1. Casey Stoner, Australia, Honda, 1 minute, 41.295 seconds.
    2. Jorge Lorenzo, Spain, Yamaha, 1:41.441.
    3. Cal Crutchlow, Britain, Yamaha, 1:41.548.
    4. Ben Spies, United States, Yamaha, 1:41.552.
    5. Dani Pedrosa, Spain, Honda, 1:41.656.
    6. Andrea Dovizioso, Italy, Yamaha, 1:41.687.
    7. Nicky Hayden, United States, Ducati, 1:42.029.
    8. Stefan Bradl, Germany, Honda, 1:42.065.
    9. Valentino Rossi, Italy, Ducati, 1:42.175.
    10. Alvaro Bautista, Spain, Honda, 1:42.356.

    SOURCE: AP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Why some African Americans are moving to Africa

    Escaping systemic racism: Why I quit New York for Accra

    African-Americans are returning to the lands of their ancestors as life becomes precarious and dangerous in the USA.

    Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

    Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

    No country in the world recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

    North Korea's nuclear weapons: Here is what we know

    North Korea's nuclear weapons