31 Aug 2008

Stoner tales pole at San Marino GP

6:12 am on 31 August 2008

The Australian motorcycle champion ,Casey Stoner, has boosted his hopes of narrowing Valentino Rossi's big MotoGP championship lead in this weekend's San Marino Gran Prix by securing pole position.

The world champion Ducati rider has lapped over a half a second faster than Rossi.

Rossi, who is 50 points ahead of Stoner in the standings after wins in the preceding races in the Czech Republic and the United States, will be joined on the front row by his Yamaha team mate Jorge Lorenzo.