Ducati Marlboro Team rider Casey Stoner completed a hat-trick of pole positions at Brno today, the remarkably fast and consistent Australian having dominated both days of practice for the third event running.
Team-mate Loris Capirossi also showed
well today, running fifth fastest in free practice and taking seventh in qualifying.
World Championship leader Stoner upped his pace session by session to lead free practice by almost four tenths and top qualifying by 0.280 seconds, even though he did less laps this afternoon than any other rider after losing time in the pits getting a minor technical issue fixed.
Once back on track it took Stoner just four laps to move into second place behind fellow Desmosedici rider and early pace-setter Capirossi! Italian Capirossi will be chasing his third podium of the season.
CASEY STONER, pole position, 1m 56.884s
"It went really well again today. We had a little problem with the rear brake at the start of this afternoon's session, so we missed maybe 20 minutes. Once we had that fixed we were quite fast on race tyres that had had a few laps on them, so everything seems to be working quite well. Pole position is just a nice add-on, it's been another successful weekend, we've been quickest in every session bar one and things just seem to be going quite well for us at the moment. We definitely improved today, we didn't seem to find any problem getting the bike turned out of the corners today. Yesterday we had both bikes set up different, so we were testing between one and the other, now we have them set up the same; we decided which way to go and we've stuck with that. The bike seems to be working well, of course it's not perfect, but for race conditions I think we're looking pretty good.
I'm still going for as many wins as it's possible to get before the end of the season. It's not easy to win races, so we're just going to see what happens and fight all the way."
LORIS CAPIROSSI, seventh fastest, 1m 57665s
"I'm really satisfied with my bike because I think we made a big step forward in tuning its electronic engine control systems. My rhythm is good. I don't think that all the guys who were fast on qualifying tyres will be as fast in tomorrow's race. But it's also true that apart from Casey, who has a very good pace, there'll probably be a bunch of riders who can run a competitive pace like mine. Our race tyres are good but I won't make my final choice until warm-up. This afternoon I did two good laps with my first two qualifiers but I made a mistake with my third - I took a risk in one corner and almost lost control, so I couldn't better my time. Anyway, I'm happy and I think that we can fight for a podium finish."