Stoner leads Ducati front row sweep in Italy

Stoner leads Ducati front row sweep in Italy

The Italian Grand Prix, sixth round of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP), will have Marlboro Ducati's rider Casey Stoner starting from the pole position after the stunning performance of the Australian today in the ...

The Italian Grand Prix, sixth round of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix (MotoGP), will have Marlboro Ducati's rider Casey Stoner starting from the pole position after the stunning performance of the Australian today in the qualifying session held under wet conditions.

Stoner, the current standings leader and three times winner thus far this season, set a lap time of 2:00.359 to secure his first pole position of the year on board the Desmosedici GP7.

"At the start of qualifying we were going round and doing some pretty good lap times and it seemed to be getting drier and drier, so I decided to come in and wait it out. I had been in the garage for two minutes when it started to pour so we waited that out, then when we saw it getting drier so we went out for a couple more laps. No one managed to go quicker than my time during those last few laps but I still man to go quicker than everyone else in those conditions, so that's pretty good", Stoner explained.

The weather for Sunday could define a lot of things for the race, but Stoner doesn`t want to know how`s gonna be. "We've got a good enough dry set-up for now and I think we can improve in morning warm-up. I've heard all sorts of forecasts for the race and I'm not going to believe one of them till I see what's happening tomorrow."

Taking a one-two for Australia, second place belonged to Rizla Suzuki's Chris Vermeulen in another strong performance after winning two weeks ago the French Grand Prix in Le Mans.

Vermeulen clocked 2:01.381 to finish over a second from Stoner, in another proof of the superiority shown by the Ducati men this season.

The local hero, Valentino Rossi, was able to notched best third in the Fiat Yamaha recovering in the wet today, after a fall suffered in yesterday's practice with rainy conditions.

Rossi's time was of 2:01.695 and put him ahead of Olivier Jacque's Kawasaki Ninja, in the return of the Frenchman after the accident on practice day of the French GP that put him out of the race.

Top six places were completed by two Italians as Loris Capirossi took fifth spot, right ahead of Marco Melandri.

Nicky Hayden showed once again the complicated season on Repsol Honda after the American landed his first championship last year. Today, he qualified 13th, far away from the pole position.

The Bridgestone tyres proved their superiority in the rain taking eight of the top ten places today.

The Italian Grand Prix is scheduled to start at 14.00 (local time) for a race that is expected to have high emotions with strong fight on the track and the weather as a question mark.

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