MotoGP Phillip Island: Stoner Takes Pole at Home for the 2009 Australian GP


What Happens When a Recovery is a Recovery

12:07am EST — Casey Stoner put forth yet another performance suggesting that he is recovered from whatever ailed him earlier this season with a pole at home, a time of 1:30.341, for the 2009 Australian GP.  Championship points leader Valentino Rossi was just .05 behind the Australian, both having posted fast time after fast time near the end of qualifying.  Fellow “aliens” Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo qualified third and fourth.  Pedrosa had to switch to a second bike after a crash, but barely managed to grab the last front row-position by one-thousandth of a second.  American Colin Edwards rounded out the top five.

Provisional Qualifying Times for the Australian GP (courtesy of the official MotoGP website):
1. Stoner 1:30.341
2. Rossi 1:30.391
3. Pedrosa 1:31.070
4. Lorenzo 1:31.071
5. Edwards 1:31.096
6. de Angelis 1:31.260
7. Hayden 1:31.325
8. de Puniet 1:31.380
9. Kallio 1:31.384
10. Dovizioso 1:31.472
11. Elias 1:31.640
12. Toseland 1:31.722
13. Capirossi 1:31.873
14. Melandri 1:32.190
15. Vermulen 1:32.338
16. Talmacsi 1:32.752

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