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Stoner claims his third successive pole at Assen

MotoGP champion who won the British round at Donington Park on Sunday, left behind Daniel Pedrosa of Spain as well as five time World Champion, Valentino Rossi, who could only manage a third fastest time.casey stoner

For the majority of the session Ducati’s Casey Stoner managed to maintain his lead, though later in the session he had to concede his top spot to Fiat Yamaha’s Rossi, followed by Repsol Honda’s Pedrosa. But Stoner managed to clinch the top spot with one last lap of one minute 35.520 seconds.

Stoner expressed his delight at win, “I’m very surprised to be on pole but delighted to get three in a row”, he told Press Association. He had been facing some trouble with his choice of tires.

Exclaiming that there was a lot of pressure on, Stoner further commented that “I saw Valentino on pole and had given it up but I managed to pull it out. But where you start on the grid is irrelevant. Rossi was 11th on the grid last year and he still won, so I’m not taking anything for granted”.

Currently leading the pack is Rossi who is 11 points ahead of Pedrosa, and 45 ahead of Stoner in the championship standings, after eight rounds. He now acknowledges Stoner as a potential threat. “I hope there is a real battle for the win tomorrow, but to fight for the win with Casey is going to be tough”, he said.

The second row is lead by Nicky Hayden, American 2006 world champion, followed by Honda’s Randy de Puniet and Yamaha’s Colin Edwards.

The third row on the other hand has second Fiat Yamaha man Jorge Lorenzo, followed by Chris Vermeulen and Shinya Nakano, 2006 Assen runner-up.

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