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Rossi on pole at Donington.

The last British MotoGP pole position at Donington Park, before a 2010 switch to Silverstone, has fallen to reigning world champion Valentino Rossi.

After Friday's wet session, qualifying took place in the dry, with Fiat Yamaha star Rossi claiming his fourth pole of the season by 0.095sec over Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa. Pedrosa won the 2006 event and had been fastest in both free practice sessions this weekend.

Rossi's team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, who will start round ten 14 points behind the Italian, was fastest for a large part of the one hour session. However a nasty rear-end kick while accelerating out of the Foggy Esses on his last lap contributed to the young Spaniard finishing in third position, 0.286sec from Rossi.

This afternoon's fastest laps were set using the softer rear tyre, but the harder front option.

Interestingly, Rossi was not completely satisfied with his pace on the harder rear tyre. By contrast, Lorenzo's problems materialised when he switched to the softer rear for a late pole attack.

Third in the championship Casey Stoner, winner at Donington for the past two seasons, fell from his Ducati in morning practice and again at the halfway mark of this afternoon's session.

The young Australian, who lost the front at the Melbourne Hairpin in the morning, tumbled at the McLeans right-hander while holding second behind Lorenzo halfway through qualifying.

Stoner looked to save a rear wobble on corner entry, but the front then crumbled as he tipped his Desmosedici into the turn. Stoner walked away unharmed but never looked fully comfortably thereafter, on what is thought to have been his spare bike.

Nevertheless, the #27 claimed a close fourth place on his last lap, 0.330sec behind Rossi's M1.

The championship top four were once again in a class of their own, with fifth placed Andrea Dovizioso 0.332sec behind Lorenzo on the second Repsol Honda.

Colin Edwards, a past MotoGP pole sitter and podium finisher at Donington Park, completes row two as the top satellite rider in sixth for Monster Yamaha Tech 3.

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alaywa - Unregistered

July 25, 2009 4:24 PM

250 class is hot this year!!! Simoncelli for the WC comeback! He should take this time to mature and get his slightly goofy act together. But if he does make a comeback to 2nd or 1st this year amidst that high level of competition he would go some way to proving he will be solid in MotoGP as well. Aoyama, Bautista, and Barbera are so so hungry. Has Simoncelli ben over confident? Has he been humbled and is getting down to business? Sad sad news for those UK fans to see Toes get taught a lesson by CE on his home track! I better not see a union jack on his bike tomorrow unless he plans (not dreams) to crack the top 5. I wonder if he could get a decent time pushing a piano around the track?

I am a fanboy - Unregistered

July 25, 2009 4:05 PM

From the moment that bikes becomes more or less the same, Mr. Stoner is finished. Every time some excuse. He is not that dominant like in the last years. What I said a few years ago? He won the championship course his bike was a one level higher than the rest of the field! What an acceleration and power!! Now Yamaha and Honda made a comeback and Stoner is not strong like in the last 2 years. His riding style is very different to Rossi or Lorenzo. He is riding very aggressive. When the level of bikes now the same.. you can win only with a super riding style and today you could that easily to see. Rossi is the best and he is a legend! Come on Vale! P.S. sorry for my bad eng

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