12 Apr 2009

Stoner grabs pole, aims for Qatar hat-trick

3:17 pm on 12 April 2009

Australia's Casey Stoner is confidently eyeing a third successive Qatar MotoGP victory after taking pole position in a dominant qualifying performance under the Losail desert floodlights.

The world champion Valentino Rossi was second fastest with his Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo, who was the pole sitter in 2008, in third place.

In the 125cc category, Spain's Julian Simon took a first career pole ahead of Britain's Bradley Smith, Andrea Iannone of Italy and Spain's Nicolas Terol in fourth.