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Chequered flag out and Australia's MotoGP champion Casey Stoner takes his 12th pole position of the year. The order: 1. Casey Stoner, 2. Dani Pedrosa, 3. Ben Spies, 4. Randy de Puniet, 5. Alvaro Bautista, 6. Valentino Rossi, 7. Nicky Hayden, 8. Andrea Dovizioso, 9. Hector Barbera, 10. Karel Abraham.

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Andrea Dovizioso is in the gravel, a big tumble. He will wake up sore in the morning.

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Now Spies on the front row with a 1.33.083 but still 1.222s behind Stoner with Pedrosa second.

4' 

Stoner improves to a 1.31.661 but the front row is unchanged. Spies now fourth ahead of Bautista, Hayden, Dovizioso and Rossi. Capirossi and Elias are back in the top 10.

6' 

Karel Abraham and Cal Crutchlow go ninth and 10th respectively ahead of Elias and Capirossi.

8' 

Rossi goes fourth ahead of Dovizioso and Spies with a 1.33.929.

10' 

As we go into the last 10 minutes, Nicky Hayden takes Rossi's sixth spot.

12' 

Stoner on a quick lap but held up by Katsuyuki Nakasuga and no improvement.

14' 

If you missed the news from earlier in the week, the Misano circuit in Italy is to be renamed in honour of the late Marco Simoncelli. Luca Colaiacovo, president of the circuit's board of directors, said that the renaming of the track, currently know as Misano World Circuit, was a fitting tribute to Simoncelli, who grew up and lived in nearby Cattolica.

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Stoner, Pedrosa, de Puniet. Dovizioso, Spies, Rossi is the order.

18' 

A few spots of rain now.

20' 

Rossi now sixth ahead of Hayden.

22' 

Changes on the third row with Rossi now seventh ahead of Bautista with Toni Elias leaping to ninth.

24' 

Casey Stoner fastest with 24 minutes remainig of qualifying for the Valencia GP.

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Tech 3 rider Cal Crutchlow currently taking a drink in the garage, he currently rounds out the top 10.

30' 

Stoner 1'33.018 - Pedrosa 1'33.243 - De Puniet 1'33.776 is the order at halfway.

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Capirossi believes he can end his MotoGP career on a high at Valencia after a promising performance in Friday practice. The Italian veteran - who is racing with the late Marco Simoncelli's #58 on his Pramac Ducati this weekend - was quickest for a spell in Friday's opening session. "It was an honour to ride with Marco's number on my bike," said Capirossi. "I'm very optimistic. We can do well."

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Dovizioso just climbed from 8th to 4th. Bautista in 7th, just ahead of Rossi and Loris Capirossi.

36' 

Randy De Puniet still in third and on course for his best qualifying performance of the season. Dovizioso, Spies and Hayden follow.

38' 

Stoner impves his provisional pole time with a 1'33.018 lap.

40' 

Looks like Barbera's bike blew up, he's gone back to the paddock to get on his spare bike.

42' 

Stoner now top with a 1'33.175.

44' 

Hector Barbera loses part of his bike, he looks ok and should be able to get back out for rest of the session.

46' 

Stoner goes second with a 1'33.786 with Valentino Rossi up to third (1'34.594).

48' 

Dani Pedrosa improves the quickest time with a 1'33.243.

50' 

Stoner now exits the pitlane for his first lap.

52' 

De Puniet retains the lead with 1'34.373.

54' 

The riders are carefully checking out track conditions on their first lap as grip levels changed quickly during the 125 session.

56' 

Randy de Puniet is first to complete a lap on his Pramac Ducati and a time of 1m38.341s.

58' 

Gresini team boss Fausto Gresini described Friday practice without the late Marco Simoncelli as "surreal" as his squad bravely returned to MotoGP action at Valencia a fortnight after the Italian's death in Malaysia. The satellite Honda team is running a single MotoGP bike for Hiroshi Aoyama this weekend, plus Michele Pirro and Yuki Takahashi in Moto2. Simoncelli's #58 bike is on display in the garage. "There is so much sadness in our garage today," said Gresini.

60' 

Conditions are cool and windy with some nasty dark clouds overhead. Remember there are 16 riders in action with Katsuyuki Nakasuga and Josh Hayes standing in for Jorge Lorenzo and Colin Edwards respectively.

12:55 

As the riders come out on the circuit, we can tell you that Britain's Danny Webb has taken his first pole position for the last 125cc race.

12:50 

After Friday's constant rain, the riders were greeted with a dry track and sunny skies for third practice this morning, allowing Stoner to hit the front with a 1m32.619s on his final flying lap to put him 0.663s clear of Dani Pedrosa, with no one else within a second of the leading time.

12:45 

Australia's new MotoGP champion Casey Stoner bids for his 12th pole position of the year for the final race of the season on Sunday with the sport still reeling from the death of Italian rider Marco Simoncelli last month.