Andrea Dovizioso claimed his maiden MotoGP pole position in Motegi today – Dovizioso was the only Respol Honda on track due to Dani Pedrosa being ruled out with the broken collarbone that he sustained in the opening day’s practice session.
Valentino Rossi maintained his strong return to form by taking second position, and Casey Stoner made a late push to take third position by pushing Jorge Lorenzo off the front row.
Ben Spies was once again the fastest rookie finishing in 6th place, just behind his team-mate Colin Edwards.
Motegi MotoGP Qualifyting Results:
1. Andrea Dovizioso Honda 1m47.001s
2. Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m47.055s + 0.054s
3. Casey Stoner Ducati 1m47.105s + 0.104s
4. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m47.206s + 0.205s
5. Colin Edwards Tech 3 Yamaha 1m47.464s + 0.463s
6. Ben Spies Tech 3 Yamaha 1m47.648s + 0.647s
7. Randy de Puniet LCR Honda 1m47.752s + 0.751s
8. Marco Simoncelli Gresini Honda 1m47.914s + 0.913s
9. Alvaro Bautista Suzuki 1m48.002s + 1.001s
10. Loris Capirossi Suzuki 1m48.068s + 1.067s
11. Nicky Hayden Ducati 1m48.182s + 1.181s
12. Marco Melandri Gresini Honda 1m48.238s + 1.237s
13. Aleix Espargaro Pramac Ducati 1m48.371s + 1.370s
14. Hiroshi Aoyama Interwetten Honda 1m48.396s + 1.395s
15. Hector Barbera Aspar Ducati 1m48.535s + 1.534s
16. Mika Kallio Pramac Ducati 1m49.480s + 2.479s
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