Stoner Takes Command In Germany

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Casey Stoner will miss the MotoGP race in the Czech Republic to have surgery on his injured ankle.

SAXONY, Germany – Casey Stoner stole the pole from Ben Spies late in Saturday’s MotoGP eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland qualifying session at the Sachsenring.

Stoner’s time in the high 1.31s was just enough to displace Yamaha Factory Racing’s Spies to second on the grid. Completing the front row is Stoner’s teammate Dani Pedrosa, who had been the pace setter throughout yesterday’s free practice.

Row two is headed by Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow. Yamaha’s joint-championship leader Jorge Lorenzo starts in fifth followed by LCR Honda MotoGP’s local favourite Stefan Bradl.

Heading up the third row is Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden Next to him in eighth is Crutchlow’s teammate Andrea DoviziosoDucati’s Valentino Rossi is a surprise starter in ninth, as the wet conditions have usually favoured the Italian this season.

The tricky conditions caught out many of the riders, which saw San Carlo’s Michele Pirro, Came IodaRacing Project’s Danilo Petrucci, Speed Master’s Mattia Pasini and Pramac Racing Team’s Héctor Barberá crash out. Most of them managed to re-join later in the session and sustained no serous injuries.