Casey Stoner fired a warning shot to his MotoGP rivals by beating his pole position time and pulling a 0.8s advantage during this morning's warm-up for the Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril.
The session was briefly red-flagged due to an accident for CRT rider Ivan Silva with eight of the 20-minutes remaining. The Avintia rider highsided on the exit of turn one and slid all the way to the apex of turn two, being clipped by his bike in the process.
Silva's machine then continued sliding and a repeat of Saturday's de Puniet/Edwards incident was narrowly avoided when the bike came close to hitting Ioda's Danilo Petrucci.
Silva managed to slowly crawl off the race track before collapsing, with red flags waved when it became clear that the Spaniard required a stretcher. Reports state that Silva should be fit to race.
World champion Stoner - who will be seeking his first Estoril MotoGP victory this afternoon - was leading from Tech 3's Andrea Dovizioso and Ducati's Nicky Hayden at the time of the interruption, although most riders improved after the restart.
Stoner's best lap was his last and gave him a massive 0.798s advantage over Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa, who will start alongside him on the front row.
Dovizioso, who will start just seventh but had been confident with his race set-up, held third ahead of world championship leader Jorge Lorenzo and the second Tech 3 M1 of front row starter Cal Crutchlow.
Lorenzo's factory Yamaha team-mate Ben Spies was sixth fastest, with fellow second row start Alvaro Bautista seventh for Honda Gresini. Hayden did not improve after the restart and dropped to seventh as a result, but was still the leading Ducati (+1.517s).
Team-mate Valentino Rossi and Honda LCR rookie Stefan Bradl completed a top ten covered by 1.803s, with a sore Randy de Puniet the lead CRT in 13th for Aspar Aprilia.
Warm-up took place in sunny conditions and on a dry track surface, with the continued exception of damp patches seeping through the fast final turn. Slippery surface flags and trackside cones were in place to warn of slick patches in that area.
Forward Racing's Colin Edwards has been ruled out of today's race after breaking his collarbone on Saturday. The Texan is due to undergo surgery in Barcelona on Monday.
1. Casey Stoner
2. Dani Pedrosa
3. Andrea Dovizioso
4. Jorge Lorenzo
5. Cal Crutchlow
6. Ben Spies
7. Alvaro Bautista
8. Nicky Hayden
9. Valentino Rossi
10. Stefan Bradl
11. Hector Barbera
12. Karel Abraham
13. Randy De Puniet
14. Aleix Espargaro
15. Yonny Hernandez
16. Mattia Pasini
17. Michele Pirro
18. Danilo Petrucci
19. James Ellison
20. Ivan Silva