Stoner Wins Pole Position at Estoril
Stoner, MotoGP world champion, confirmed its role as favorite to get the 39 pole of his career, 35 in the premier class. Pedrosa was second.
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Australian Casey Stoner (Honda) will start from pole position in MotoGP tomorrow in the race the Grand Prix of Portugal, third round of the World, after achieving the fastest time of the rankings, ahead of his Spanish team-mate Dani Pedrosa (2 º) .
The Spaniard, also with a Honda, was the fastest in free practice and in qualifying on Saturday was only 13 thousandths of his companion. The third place on the grid went to British Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha).
Stoner, MotoGP world champion and winner in Sunday’s Grand Prix of Spain, confirming its role as favorite to add another victory, after winning the 39th pole of his career, the 35th in the premier class.
Lorenzo was at the top of the rankings for much of the session, but finished fourth. In the past four years the Spaniard was over in Estoril pole and won the race from 2008 to 2010, in one of his favorite circuits.
The qualifying session was suspended for a few minutes to just under eight minutes left, by a fall of Frenchman Randy De Puniet (Aprilia) and American Colin Edwards (Suter-BMW), who was just behind.
After the break, the two Honda riders, who had already dominated the third practice session books, ahead of Lorenzo in the standings. The 2010 world champion tried to recover the end unsuccessfully position.
“Overall I’m not having good feelings, the best time was the maximum I could achieve today. I’m fourth, but tomorrow will be difficult, because at first I have to overtake Cal, which slows down very well,” Lorenzo said in a statement Yamaha reviewed by AFP.
His partner of the Japanese American Ben Spies will start fifth in the race, while Italian Valentino Rossi (Ducati) posted the ninth time of day, to 871 thousandths of Stoner.
The Spanish Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia) finished twelfth and be the first among the drivers of the category CRT, including motorcycles with engine series.
In Moto2, the overall leader, the Spanish rider Marc Marquez also was the fastest of the ratings and was confirmed as the man in the form of the medium category.
Catalan did the 23rd pole of his career, surpassing the 12/100 in the session when Thomas Luthi (Suter) and 344 thousandths of Britain Scott Redding (Kalex).
In the Moto3, the best time was for the German Sandro Cortese, who got a margin of just over three tenths in his best time with respect to Viñales, which helped him add the fifth pole position of his career.
The third in the rankings and therefore the grid went to local rider Miguel Oliveira.