Casey Stoner on a Repsol Honda drove a stonking lap to grab pole for tomorrow’s race at the Sachsenring, a circuit that is considered to be very technical. His Repsol Honda teammate Daniel Pedrosa took second place on the grid while the first row was completed by defending World Champion Jorge Lorenzo on his factory Yamaha. Marco Simoncellli on the factory spec San Carlo Gresini Honda could only manage to set the fourth fastest time and Ben Spies on the other factory Yamaha qualified fifth while Andrea Dovizioso on the third Repsol Honda completed the second row in sixth place. Valentino Rossi’s qualifying woes and his humiliation on board the Marlboro Ducati GP 11.1 seem to have no end with Rossi just finishing in 16th and penultimate place. He could stay ahead of only Sylvain Guintoli who came in as a last minute substitute for Loris Capirossi. It is fair to assume that had Capirossi been fit enough, Rossi could well have qualified 17th and last on the grid.