Casey Stoner took pole position for Japanese Grand Prix, after becoming the fastest in the qualifying session at Motegi Circuit on Saturday (10.01.11). Thus, the Repsol Honda rider will start from the first position in the race series to the 15th, Sunday (2/101/11).
The success took pole was the 10th season of 2011 and the fourth in a row. 2007 world champion was also a great opportunity to record his ninth victory, if it can perform consistently as in the previous series.
However, strict Stoner will get resistance from rivals who become the main rider on a Yamaha, Jorge Lorenzo. Defending champion Spaniard will start from second position, although 0.256 seconds adrift. The results of these qualifications to be a great progress for Lorenzo, as the three free practice, former double world champion 250cc class is always in the order of five.
Lorenzo managed to break the domination of the Honda, because it beat the record time of Andrea Dovizioso, Dani Pedrosa, who in a row behind him. Meanwhile, Lorenzo's teammate, Ben Spies, also gave a signal would be a threat to the Honda rider, because he started from fifth after the spiky beat the Italian, who rode Honda Gresini, Marco Simoncelli.
Race at Motegi Circuit is going to get exciting, because Valentino Rossi also show consistency. After being hit in the first two practice days, "The Doctor" performed quite satisfactorily since the third practice session on Saturday morning, and he managed to maintain seventh position in the qualifying session. However, the Ducati rider was 1.200 seconds adrift of Stoner - the achievement is even worse than the third exercise, in which Rossi was "only" 0.9 seconds left despite being in seventh position.
Meanwhile, his teammate Rossi, Nicky Hayden, who could make a surprise on the first day of practice because it can penetrate the Honda domination, slumped in the order of 10. The 2006 world champion was behind Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki) and Hector Barbera (Mapfre Aspar).
Japanese Grand Prix has become very crucial for Stoner and Lorenzo in the hunt for the world title in 2011. If Stoner, who is now 44 points ahead, managed to complete this weekend with a glittering victory, then he's getting closer to a second world title in the premier class. Thus, his ambition to ensure themselves a world champion when she appeared in their own homes, GP Australia, on 16 October, will materialize.
- Qualifying results
Casey Stoner AUS Repsol Honda 1m 45.267s
Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing ESP 1m 45.523s
Andrea Dovizioso ITA Repsol Honda 1m 45.791s
Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda 1m 45.966s ESP
Ben Spies USA Yamaha Factory Racing 1m 46.042s
Marco Simoncelli ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini 1m 46.211s
Valentino Rossi ITA Ducati Marlboro 1m 46.467s
Alvaro Bautista ESP Rizla Suzuki 1m 46.586s
Hector Barbera ESP Mapfre Aspar 1m 46.694s
Nicky Hayden USA Ducati Marlboro 1m 46.763s
Hiroshi Aoyama JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini 1m 46.811s
Cal Crutchlow GBR Tech 3 Yamaha Monster 1m 46.818s
Randy de Puniet FRA Pramac Racing 1m 46.917s
Colin Edwards USA Tech 3 Yamaha Monster 1m 47.165s
Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing 1m 47.922s
Toni Elias Honda ESP LCR 1m 48.169s
Kousuke Akiyoshi JPN LCR Honda 1m 48.367s
Damian Cudlin AUS Pramac Racing 1m 48.962s
Shinichi Ito JPN Honda Racing Team 1m 49.971s
Fastest practice time: Casey Stoner AUS Repsol Honda 1m 46.162s (FP3)