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Stoner takes pole position at Phillip Island

Pedrosa's team-mate Stoner, whose 2012 title hopes were ended by ankle injuries, will be chasing a sixth successive home win on Sunday, in his penultimate race before retirement.

The second row of the grid will be occupied by Cal Crutchlow (Tech 3 Yamaha), who lapped just 0.188s slower than Pedrosa, plus Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda) and Andrea Dovizioso (Tech 3 Yamaha).

Alvaro Bautista (Gresinii Honda), Valentino Rossi (Ducati) and Randy de Puniet (Aspar Aprilia) forming row three. de Puniet's ninth place is the best yet qualifying for a CRT rider.

Rossi's factory Ducati team-mate Nicky Hayden completed a top ten, covered by 2.058s.

Local rider Kris McLaren, drafted into the Avintia Blusens squad in place of the injured Yonny Hernandez , suffered a big highside 20-minute mark and missed the qualifying cut by 0.428s.

Lorenzo's team-mate Ben Spies is out for the rest of the season following shoulder surgery to repair damage sustained in last Sunday's Sepang fall.

Qualifying:

1. Casey Stoner
2. Jorge Lorenzo
3. Dani Pedrosa
4. Cal Crutchlow
5. Stefan Bradl
6. Andrea Dovizioso
7. Alvaro Bautista
8. Valentino Rossi
9. Randy De Puniet
10. Nicky Hayden
11. Karel Abraham
12. Aleix Espargaro
13. Hector Barbera
14. Michele Pirro
15. Danilo Petrucci
16. Colin Edwards
17. James Ellison
18. Roberto Rolfo
19. Ivan Silva
20. Kris McLaren




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