Casey Stoner believes that the ten minutes of track time lost due to a technical problem at Indianapolis on Saturday morning ultimately cost him his eighth pole in a row, during the afternoon qualifying session.

Nevertheless, the reigning MotoGP world champion still got his Ducati within 0.084secs of Valentino Rossi and pole position.

"The breakdown this morning cost us some valuable time during the best part of the session in terms of track condition, so we paid the price for that this afternoon," said Stoner.

"I was struggling to find grip on the front end and we spent so much time working it out that we didn't have much time to put in a [decent] qualifying lap at the end. To be honest I thought we'd be lucky to get on the front two rows.

"As it happened we got a surprisingly decent lap together and to end up second fastest is much better than we expected so finally it was not so bad. It means my pole run has come to end but that had to happen eventually and the important thing is we have a good position for tomorrow.

"Now we have to wait and see what the weather does but we have work still to do on the bike in warm-up whatever the conditions," added the Australian, who has fallen from the lead at the last two rounds.

Meanwhile, team-mate Marco Melandri once again has far larger problems and will start from just 18th position on the 19 rider grid.

"I'm really disappointed with this second day because we haven't managed to find a good set-up for the race tomorrow," he admitted. "I haven't got grip on the front or the rear and I can't afford to take any risks by pushing too hard. I don't know if we'll have time to do anything about it in the 20-minute warm-up tomorrow so I expect it will be a very tough race."

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