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Stoner Takes Pole Position at Indy With New Lap Record

Stoner_IndyIn the morning warm-up, Casey Stoner set a new lap record at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In the afternoon, he upped his pace and set a 1'38.850 lap to claim the pole position.

Stoner hasn't had a podium finish at Indy yet, but he looked well ahead of the pack today during the MotoGP qualifying session. Stoner ended the day nearly a half second ahead of Ben Spies, who set the pole position in 2010.

Jorge Lorenzo will be starting from the final spot on the front row.

The Repsol Honda duo of Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso will start from the second row. Pedrosa was able to hold off his teammate by .07 seconds to claim the fourth place spot. Colin Edwards will join the two Hondas in the sixth place spot on the second row.

Marco Simoncelli will start the third row ahead of Nicky Hayden and Alvaro Bautista, while Hector Barbera completed the top 10.

Valentino Rossi crashed early in the session. The Ducati remounted on his back-up bike, but couldn't find the pace. Rossi will start from the 14th spot during the MotoGP race tomorrow.

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