Casey Bags 2nd Spot On Laguna Seca Grid

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The Californian circuit of Laguna Seca was today the setting of the qualifying practice for the tenth round of the World Championship, where Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa will start tomorrow from the first row of the starting grid. The Repsol riders, together with Jorge Lorenzo, author of today’s pole position, dominated the practice, taking first positions in all sessions, which promises a very close race for tomorrow, where Andrea Dovizioso will start from the sixth position.

The United States Grand Prix, the only on where only the MotoGP category competes, has become with the years one of the most unusual rounds of the championship and, seeing the performance of the three first during the practice everything seems to announce that once again the race will be epic. Less than two tenths separate them at the end of a qualifying session where Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner fought to be, together with Jorge Lorenzo, one of the fastest riders of the demanding American track.

Despite some problems with the set-up of his Honda, Casey Stoner was able to overcome the difficulties to get the second fastest time of the day, only 72 thousandths behind Jorge Lorenzo. Beside the Australian will start Dani Pedrosa, who after 55 laps will still look for some improvement during tomorrow’s ‘warm-up’ to try to achieve his second consecutive victory this season in a circuit where he already won two years ago.

Improving his feelings on the Honda RC212V, Andrea Dovizioso also rode under 1 minute and 22 seconds, finally stopping the clock in 1 minute, 21 seconds and 731 thousandths. The Italian of the Repsol Honda Team gradually improved his times, showing a very good pace for tomorrow’s race, where the Repsol Honda Team will try to fight for a new victory in the American track, where they already won with the Spanish company livery Nicky Hayden —in 2005 and 2006— and Dani Pedrosa —in 2009—.

Casey Stoner

FP3 – 1:21.806, 22 laps, 79 km.
QP – 1:21.274, 29 laps, 105 km.

“For the whole session we were trying to find the right set up. All weekend we’ve been struggling a little and we’ve not found anything I’m comfortable with, I’ve closed the front many times and we’re still looking to find some balance on the bike to get it working on this track, where we expected it to work well.
On my first soft tyre I encountered some traffic and was held up, also there was a crash and a yellow flag so I lost my chance on that tyre. Then on the next soft tyre we had one lap to find some pace and we managed front row which is important for tomorrow.
I don’t feel we’re running with the pace of Dani [Pedrosa] and Jorge [Lorenzo], they seem to be constantly one to two tenths quicker but we have warm up tomorrow morning to find something in time for the race so we’ll see what we can do”.