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Stoner pole assures BMW M Award victory

Stoner pole assures BMW M Award victory

Casey Stoner´s eighth pole of 2008 gave the Ducati rider victory in the BMW M Award for best qualifier.

Pole position for his home race came as a surprise for Casey Stoner, who clinched the BMW M Award for most consistent qualifier with his eighth top spot of the year. The Australian has been consistently fast on race tyres, in addition to his unexpected late qualifying record lap, as he chases a second consecutive home victory.

Casey Stoner - Pole Position

`We struggled a little bit this morning with race set-up so we needed this afternoon to sort things out and get the bike working properly on a race tyre. Once we did that I felt pretty confident that we could stick a qualifying tyre in and put a good lap together. This is actually the first time this season we´ve had three identical qualifying tyres and the first one ran out of grip in the final sequence of left-handers. With the last one I tried to preserve it a bit better by picking the bike up out of the corners earlier and even then it was do-or-die in those final three bends. I thought the lap time would be good enough for a front row start but we ended up on pole position so I´m surprised and extra happy today. This is my home race but there is no pressure on us and I just want to enjoy it. I hope the fans do too.´

Marco Melandri - Seventeenth

`I´m really disappointed because this was supposed to be a good track for us but it´s turned out to be even more difficult than the rest. After the problem we had this morning and the crash, which was really strange because I was riding slowly and upright, things didn´t improve. Normally I try to brake really hard to make up for the fact we´re losing out on corner exit but today I couldn´t do that because I had no confidence under braking. It's a really difficult situation and we´ll have to wait and see if we can turn it around for the race.´

MotoGP, 2008, AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Marco Melandri, Ducati Marlboro Team

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