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Stoner loves Silverstone

"We'll see what the weather does tomorrow but I love this track and love this part of the UK and I'm really happy to be here!" - Casey Stoner.
Casey Stoner's perfect Silverstone weekend continued with pole position in Saturday's qualifying session.

Quickest throughout free practice, the Repsol Honda rider fought off the challenge of Marco Simoncelli and Jorge Lorenzo to take his fourth pole of the season - and 26th in MotoGP - by 0.188sec.

Stoner will be seeking his fourth victory from six races on Sunday, but the weather remains a big unknown, with rain showers predicted.

"Everything has gone really well this weekend, we were lucky it stayed dry for qualifying but it doesn't look so good for tomorrow," he admitted. "We've been competitive in each session and in various weather so I hope we have prepared ourselves for the race tomorrow, whatever the conditions.

"We haven't changed too much from the set up we had in Barcelona and this afternoon was important for us to see what we could get from the hard tyre, what our pace is and if we can find some more edge grip, and we definitely found some more traction so I'm very happy with how everything is working at the moment.

"For the pole position we changed the set up and balance of the bike a little and on my best lap I [lost] the front a few times and wasn't so confident with the balance, so I feel lucky to have got the pole but for sure it's the best way to start the grand prix.

"We'll see what the weather does tomorrow but I love this track and love this part of the UK and I'm really happy to be here!"

Stoner, fifth at Silverstone last year on a Ducati, will start Sunday's race just seven points behind Lorenzo.

Team-mate Andrea Dovizioso will start on the second row of the grid, in fifth position.

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Gerorge - Unregistered

June 11, 2011 7:48 PM

Stoner is the best rider now, has been since 2007, the only difference was the Ducati was never the best bike(as clearly shown by the the other rider being slow). If Stoner was on the Yamaha in 2008-2010 he would be going for his 4th title this year. Rossi is now understanding what Stoner did to ride the Ducati. Rossi is looking like all the other riders who get on the Ducati, totaly lost.

Give him a break! - Unregistered

June 11, 2011 7:25 PM

"wish he would have mentioned Cal in his I love this place comments," Yeah, he could also have mentioned the situation in Libya, supported the troops in Afghanistan, sympathy for the victims of the earthquakes in Haiti, Italy, New Zealand, and Japan. Made a donation publically to third world food aid, congratulated Bruce Forsythe on his knighthood and brought a belated wedding pressie for Wills and Kate. He still have been slated on here by the disgruntled Rossi faithful and the disrespectful english fans tomorrow for something he forgot to do or didn't do exactly to their pleasing.

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