Stoner on pole


Dhillon Sa'aB™
Staff member
Casey Stoner claimed pole position for the MotoGP season-opener with another commanding performance in Qatar. The result came as no surprise after the Australian had been quickest in all three practice sessions, though his Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa made Stoner work for it.

Only 16 bikes will take the start, with Suzuki absent after its sole rider Alvaro Bautista broke his left leg in a practice crash, and efforts to bring in John Hopkins, Nobuatsu Aoki or a Moto2 rider as a short-notice substitute did not pay off.