Casey Takes Ninth Pole Of The Season
Casey Stoner showed again in today’s practice his dominant side. The Repsol rider set the fastest time of 1 minute, 48 seconds and 451 thousandths and, together with Dani Pedrosa, they were the only ones able to ride under one minute and 49 seconds. Andrea Dovizioso finished in fifth position and will start from the second line of the starting grid.
In the second free practice session of the weekend held this morning Ã¢â‚¬â€yesterday they were cancelled due to a power shortageÃ¢â‚¬â€, Casey Stoner started very strong since the beginning. In his eighth lap he set the fastest time of the session, stopping the clock in 1 minute, 49 seconds and 272 thousands. The Repsol rider, together with Dani Pedrosa, second, and Andrea Dovizioso, fourth, placed the three bikes of the Repsol Honda Team in the top four at the end of the morning session.
In the qualifying session, once again Stoner took the initiative in the first minutes, riding again under 1 minute and 50 seconds. Showing a very good pace, the Repsol rider kept improving his times until stopping the clock 15 minutes before the end in 1 minute, 48 seconds and 663 thousandths. Riding at the limit, the Repsol rider kept reducing tenths from his own time and, despite suffering a minor crash, he took his ninth pole of the season.
Only his team mate at the Repsol Honda Team, Dani Pedrosa, was able to get close to the Australian, setting also a time under 1 minute and 49 seconds. The Spanish rider with the number 26 Honda secured the second position of the starting grid, while Andrea Dovizioso, fifth at the end of the session, will start tomorrow from the second row.
Pedrosa, Stoner and Dovizioso will show tomorrow a new image at the Aragon GP. The Repsol Honda Team riders will have new bikes and overalls specially designed by Spanish designer Davidelfin.
The new design, which is part of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Repsol’s presence in the Motorcycling World Championship, breaks with the previous style and shows the modernity and strength that characterized Repsol, a referent in innovation and technology, and one of the main international sports sponsors.
Davidelfin was inspired on superheroes and supermen, human cannonballs and in the show in all its aspects. The result is a design characterized by five-pointed stars which, together with the Repsol logo under the Davidelfin typography, give the bike and overalls a unique and unmistakable personality.
FP3 – 1:49.272, 24 laps, 122 km.
QP – 1:48.451, 20 laps, 102 km.
“It was a very eventful qualifying session for us! Everything has been going very well this weekend, we have a good feeling with the bike and I’m feeling great.
At the end of the session we put on the soft tyre and on the first lap I was a little too cautious in T1 as I wasn’t sure if the tyres were warm enough, then I pushed on the second lap and I had a lot more grip than I expected so I went through the corner much faster and I wasn’t able to slow down, I pulled the bike up but it was difficult to reduce the speed and I ended up needing to lay the bike down to avoid the wall.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to restart the bike which is a shame as I was happier on that one, but even on the second bike we were able to improve our time. Now we need to see what the weather brings for tomorrow but we’re feeling good and I hope for a good race”.