Stoner! Pedrosa! Vermeulen!S

The intense qualifying battle between Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa and Chris Vermeulen ended with the favorite Stoner taking pole position in this year's MotoGP US Grand Prix. Stoner turned in the fastest lap at 1:22"292, followed by Pedrosa at 1:22"501 and Vermeulen at 1:22"590. Kentucky's homeboy Nicky Hayden pulled up in fourth, while Valentino Rossi ended qualifying in fifth. We'll see tomorrow how starting position translates into race results. [Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images]