Pedrosa secures Italian pole

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Updated: July 15, 2012

 

In-form Spanish rider Dani Pedrosa will start from pole in Sunday’s Italian MotoGP after posting the fastest time in qualifying on Saturday.

The 26-year-old Honda star – who won last Sunday’s German MotoGP – will start ahead of series leader and compatriot Jorge Lorenzo, on a Yamaha, while another Spaniard, Hector Barbera, is third on the grid on a Ducati.

It is Pedrosa’s 39th pole position of his career – the 21st in this category.

His Australian teammate and defending world champion Casey Stoner, who crashed when set for at least second place on the last lap of the German MotoGP, was fifth fastest.

QUALIFYING TIMES

1. Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 1:47.284
2. Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 1:47.423
3. Hector Barbera (Spain) Ducati 1:47.545
4. Nicky Hayden (U.S.) Ducati 1:47.671
5. Casey Stoner (Australia) Honda 1:47.689
6. Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Yamaha 1:47.749
7. Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Yamaha 1:47.751
8. Stefan Bradl (Germany) Honda 1:47.857
9. Ben Spies (U.S.) Yamaha 1:48.149
10. Valentino Rossi (Italy) Ducati 1:48.502