Pedrosa Steals Misano Pole

Dani Pedrosa will start from the pole for Sunday's MotoGP event.
Dani Pedrosa will start from the pole for Sunday's MotoGP event.

EMILIA-ROMAGNA, Italy – Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa stormed to a thrilling pole position for tomorrow’s MotoGP event at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.

In the first dry session of the weekend, Pedrosa’s lap in the high 1.33s saw Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo dramatically pushed into second by less than two hundredths.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow was equally on the pace, with the Brit being on provisional pole in the final minutes before being overtaken by the Spanish duo.

Fourth place went to LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl. Lining up next to him in fifth is San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista, putting on a good show for the team at its home race. Rounding out the second row is Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi, having had one of his best qualifying sessions of the year.

Row three is headed by Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso, which pushed Yamaha’s Ben Spies into seventh, with the American doing well to recover from a crash half way through the session.

In ninth, Repsol Honda’s Jonathan Rea looked unfazed by his lack of track time, as he went consistently quicker on his factory machine on his MotoGP QP debut.

Ducati’s Nicky Hayden completed the top t10, putting in the laps despite still suffering from a right hand injury.

Apart from Spies, the only other crasher was Speed Master’s Mattia Pasini, who walked away from the incident unscathed.