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Stoner just misses out on pole

Stoner just misses out on pole

The Gran Premio d’Italia Alice Saturday qualifying session saw Casey Stoner miss pole by just 0.021s.

Casey Stoner is in good shape at this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix having qualified just behind poleman Jorge Lorenzo, but the Aussie rider’s American team-mate and fellow former World Champion Nicky Hayden is struggling on the other side of the Ducati pit-box.

Casey Stoner – 2nd

“We had a great free practice session this morning despite the crash and I was very comfortable with the bike, so I was optimistic about this afternoon. Unfortunately as we picked up the pace in the afternoon we found some problems with the front and I couldn’t make the bike turn as I wanted it to. You spend a lot of time on the edge of the tyre through the long corners at this circuit and that is where we’re losing time. We’ll see if we can change a couple of things and improve the bike before the warm-up tomorrow. Second place on the grid is obviously a great position but I know we could have done a lot better so I can’t help but feel frustrated. It also makes me look forward to tomorrow even more because I can’t wait to get back out on track!”

Nicky Hayden – 16th

“I know we’re in the same position on the time sheets, worse in fact, but actually the feeling with the bike got better as the session went on this afternoon and the lap time improved quite a lot from the morning. My pace through T1 is acceptable but I’m the slowest guy out there through T3 so that’s what we’ll be focusing on tonight I think. We still have a big gap to make up and we need to make a major step if want to be competitive but anything can happen at this track. We’ve got several engineers here from Bologna so hopefully they can help me out a bit.”

MotoGP, 2009, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA ALICE, Nicky Hayden, Casey Stoner, Ducati Marlboro Team

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