Casey Stoner aboard the #27 Repsol Honda machine clinched pole position from Yamaha #1 Jorge Lorenzo who was today the nearly man. Third position went to #26 Daniel Pedrosa on the second of the Repsol Honda motorcycles while fourth position on the grid was taken by #11 Yamaha of Ben Spies. Fifth position on the grid was taken by #58 San Carlo Gresini Honda of Marco Simoncelli while sixth went to #4 Repsol Honda of Andrea Dovizioso. Colin Edwards aboard #5 Monster Tech3 Yamaha clinched seventh place on the grid while #19 Rizla Suzuki of Alvaro Bautista took position number eight on the grid. Valentino Rossi’s struggles continued as his #46 Marlboro Ducati finished in eleventh position behind the privateer #8 Mappfre Ducati of Hector Barbera who will start the race tomorrow from the ninth slot on the grid. Nicky Hayden aboard #69 Marlboro Ducati finished even worse than Rossi in only 14th place on the starting grid. Lorenzo seems to have the pace to stay with Stoner tomorrow so it should be good to see which things go.