Honda’s Casey Stoner sealed a record 10th pole of the season at Motegi, Japan in the latest round of MotoGP qualifying.
Stoner had dominated the final practice session, but when it came to qualifying he didn’t have it all his own way, with Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo at one point topping the timings before having to settle for second place. Last year’s poleman Andrea Dovizioso took third place on the front row.
Stoner and Dovi’s team-mate Dani Pedrosa also posted a leading time during the session, but eventually had to settle for fourth, but as the best starter in the field, Dani will probably not be overly troubled. He shares the second row with the Yamaha of Ben Spies, who recovered from an upset stomach to take fifth, and Marco Simoncelli, recovering from a crash on his San Carlo Gresini Honda, took sixth.
Another pole for Márquez in Moto2
Marc Márquez’s remarkable debut season in Moto2 continues. The 18-year-old Spaniard took pole for tomorrow’s race with a barnstorming final lap of the session, despite the fact that only his knee had prevented him spilling onto the tarmac during an earlier quick lap.
The final flourish denied Thomas Lüthi top spot, with Andrea Iannone making up the first row. Márquez’s nearest rival, championship leader Stefan Bradl, could only qualified eighth.