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MotoGP: Stunning Stoner snatches pole

Aussie tops board despite technical problem

Stoner...fifth pole in MotoGP

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP leader Casey Stoner took the fifth pole of his MotoGP career with four minutes remaining, despite technical difficulties with the Australian's Desmosedici Ducati.

The 21-year-old clocked an impressive 1:56.8 lap of Brno, beating existing World Champion Nicky Hayden into second position. Spaniard Dani Pedrosa, also on a Honda, took the last place on the front row of tomorrow's grid.

It wasn't all plain sailing for Stoner. His bike was plagued with brake problems, which left the title leader pitside for much of the session. Stoner's team-mate Loris Capirossi held pole for much of qualifying but was outpaced by his teammate, slipping to seventh at the end of the hour-long session. The Italian is leaving Ducati at the end of 2007, having recently signed for Suzuki.

Final positions for Sunday's race:

1 C Stoner (AUS) Ducati 1:56.884

2 N Hayden (USA) Honda 1:57.164

3 D Pedrosa (ESP) Honda 1:57.179

4 J Hopkins (USA) Suzuki 1:57.567

5 R De Puniet (FRA) Kawasaki 1:57.599

6 V Rossi (ITA) Yamaha 1:57.640

7 L Capirossi (ITA) Ducati 1:57.665

8 C Vermulen (AUS) Suzuki 1:57.699

9 C Edwards (USA) Yamaha 1:57.702

10 S Guintoli (FRA) Yamaha 1:57.732

11 S Nakano (JPN) Honda 1:57.969

12 C Checa (ESP) Honda LCR 1:58.143

13 A Barros (BRA) Yamaha 1:58.204

14 A Elias (ESP) Honda 1:58.264

15 M Tamada (JPN) Yamaha 1:58.399

16 A West (AUS) Kawasaki 1:59.386

17 K Roberts (USA) KR 1:59.446

18 I Silva (ESP) Yamaha 1:59.721

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