Casey Takes Pole At Stuning Record Pace
As he did seven days ago at the Indianapolis Circuit, Casey Stoner broke the Misano Circuit record, held by himself since 2008. The Repsol rider stopped the clock in 1 minute, 33 seconds and 138 thousandths, 120 ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and 180 faster than Dani Pedrosa, who will also start from the first row. Andrea Dovizioso will begin from the second row after achieving the sixth fastest time in the qualifying.
Stoner had already sent a warning during the third free practice where in only 4 laps he rode almost 4 tenths faster than yesterday. The Australian set a time of 1 minute, 33 seconds and 567 thousandths, a register no other rider was able to beat. Pedrosa was who got closer Ã¢â‚¬â€99 thousandths awayÃ¢â‚¬â€, and Andrea Dovizioso repeated yesterday’s sixth place.
In the 60 minutes of the qualifying session, Lorenzo, Stoner y Pedrosa quickly took the initiative again, but the Australian of the Repsol Honda Team repeated his performance of seven days ago in the United States, doing a record lap and setting an astonishing time of 1Ã¢â‚¬â„¢33.138, two tenths faster than his own record from 2008.
120 thousandths behind finished Jorge Lorenzo and the third position went to Dani Pedrosa, who concluded 60 thousandths behind his countryman. The Repsol rider greatly improved his times from yesterday, showing a consistent pace for tomorrow’s race, where Andrea Dovizioso will start from sixth. The Italian finished 888 thousandths behind Stoner’s record after 30 laps, which will allow him to start tomorrowÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s race from the last place of the second row, just behind his team mate, Dani Pedrosa.
FP3 – 1:33.567, 18 laps, 76 km.
QP – 1:33.138, 26 laps, 110 km.
“It’s been a pretty good weekend for us here, steadily improving the bike each session. We struggled a little with the hard tyre this afternoon, trying to find the correct balance but then we made an improvement and got the bike feeling better.
Then when we put the soft tyres on, we got a great lap in but the bike wasn’t working too well in the front, which is something we need to improve for tomorrow. It will be a tough race, Dani [Pedrosa] and Jorge [Lorenzo] are both running very well so I’ll try to get a good start but there are a few more overtaking opportunities here at Misano, it’s not a track with only one line.
The weekend on a whole is going well, tomorrow we’ll have to decide on tyres depending on what the weather is doing, hopefully it will cool down a little which would be nice!”