MotoGP »

Stoner seals pole at slippery Brno.

Casey Stoner has taken his sixth pole position in a row after a commanding wet weather performance during qualifying at the Czech Republic Grand Prix, on a day when two riders (technically) failed to qualify due to the appalling conditions.

Following two dry Friday practice sessions, in which Valentino Rossi and Stoner led one session each, intermittent rain fell on the Brno circuit throughout Saturday - with a heavy shower arriving just before the start of the MotoGP qualifying hour

Stoner, looking to rebound from a bitter defeat inflicted by Rossi at a thrilling US GP, had been a comfortable half-second clear of the field on Saturday morning - despite a limited number of laps - and remained in a class of his own during the afternoon.

Stoner was 3.2secs in front after just ten minutes, although Rossi had eroded the Australian's advantage down to 1.189secs as the midway stage approached - at which point the rain intensified, ending the battle for pole.

Sunday's front row will be completed by Kawasaki's John Hopkins, returning from injury this weekend, after the Anglo-American edged out former Rizla Suzuki team-mate and wet weather expert Chris Vermeulen by just 0.043secs.

Rookie Alex de Angelis, a promising fifth in the dry, continued his excellent weekend with a repeat of that position in the wet - making him the top satellite rider on a day when team-mate Shinya Nakano, making his debut on a factory RC212V this weekend, took eighth.

Rain specialist Anthony West bucked the trend by delivering his best lap of the afternoon at the very end of the session, propelling the under-pressure Kawasaki rider up to an encouraging sixth on the grid.

The rain did nothing to dampen Bridgestone's dominance of the resurfaced Brno circuit, the Japanese brand conquering the top six qualifying positions and - as in free practice - boasted nine riders inside the top ten. The exception was Michelin-shod Randy de Puniet who qualified 2.878secs behind Stoner, in seventh, for Honda LCR.

Rizla Suzuki's Loris Capirossi, third on Friday, speared off track in the early part of the session and was forced to ditch his GSV-R just before an air fence. The Italian recovered to claim ninth on the grid, with Sylvain Guintoli tenth for Alice Ducati.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Stoner, German MotoGP Race 2008
Stoner, Crutchlow, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Dovizioso, Stoner, Crutchlow, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Crutchlow, Dovizioso, Stoner, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Crutchlow, Dovizioso, Dall`Igna, Stoner, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Casey Stoner, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Dall’Igna and Stoner
Marquez with BMW M2 pole possition award car, Valencia MotoGP 2016
Marquez with BMW M2 pole possition award car, Valencia MotoGP 2016
Marquez with BMW M2 pole possition award car, Valencia MotoGP 2016
Marquez with BMW M2 pole possition award car, Valencia MotoGP 2016
Stoner, Valencia MotoGP 2016
Ray Haughes, cycled from Austrian track to Brno circuit, Czech MotoGP 2016
Ray Haughes, cycled from Austrian track to Brno circuit, Czech MotoGP 2016
Stoner, Austrian MotoGP Race 2016
Stoner, Austrian MotoGP Race 2016
Stoner, Austrian MotoGP Race 2016
Dovizioso, Stoner, Austrian MotoGP 2016

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.