Stoner takes pole position under heavy rain

Australia's Casey Stoner (Ducati) clocked the fastest time under the Czech rain during qualifying session and claimed his sixth pole position in a row ahead of the season's points leader, Italy's Valentino Rossi (Yamaha).




BRNO - Australia's world champion Casey Stoner overcame a slight fever and wet conditions on Saturday to take pole position in the Czech MotoGP.


The Ducati rider, last year's winner at Brno, completed the 5.4-km course in two minutes 11.657 seconds to claim the 16th pole position of his career and his sixth in a row.


Yamaha's Valentino Rossi of Italy, this season's points leader, was second, 1.189 seconds slower. American John Hopkins, the 2007 Czech runner-up, rounded out the front row on his Kawasaki, qualifying 1.302 seconds slower on his return from injury.


The wet Brno track caused problems for the racers, with James Toseland of Britain crashing out midway through the session and failing to qualify along with Jorge Lorenzo of Spain.


Fifteen riders qualified for Sunday's race, the first since Rossi won the U.S. Grand Prix on July 20.

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