Stoner on top at Aragon
Stoner on pole, Rossi struggles at Aragon.
Casey Stoner has put his Ducati on pole at the newly added Aragon round of the 2010 MotoGP championship.
The only rider to get into the 1:48s at the Spanish track, Stoner leads Jorge Lorenzo by quarter of a second with Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa filling the front row. Hayden and Spies are side by side on the second row, with a struggling Rossi back in 7th on the 3rd row.
1.CASEY STONER “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.”
2. JORGE LORENZO: “I’m riding well and I am happy about how I have improved my riding style in every practice to better suit this new track. I also understand the track better on every lap so this helps me to be faster. We are losing some time on the straight at the end of the lap so we have to be very strong in all the other parts to try to make up for it. We can’t do anything about this so it’s important that I know how to ride the rest of the track perfectly. I think tomorrow could be quite an exciting race for us and for the fans and for sure it will be a hard fight for me, but I will do my best as usual to get on the podium.”
3. DANI PEDROSA: “I’m happy to be on the front row as this was our main target for this afternoon’s session. I just made a little mistake and ran wide on my last fast lap when I was going well and was 0.2 seconds ahead, so I think pole position could have been possible, but the front row is the important thing,”
The race will be telecast tonight September 19 starting with 125cc at 6.45pm, MotoGP at 9:30 on One HD, and for those without digital, 11pm on Ten. Check your local guides though.
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
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
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
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
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
16. Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Green Team 1’51.490