Andrea Dovizioso scores first MotoGP pole

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Saturday 2nd October, 2010 - 4:56pm

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This is the view other riders had of Andrea Dovizioso during qualifying in Japan

This is the view other riders had of Andrea Dovizioso during qualifying in Japan

Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso has taken his first pole position in the premier class, topping the qualifying session for the Grand Prix of Japan at Twin-Ring Motegi.

Having taken his first-ever MotoGP front-row start at Laguna Seca (USA) earlier this season, the Italian went one better at Motegi with a lap of 1:47.001.

Dovizioso will be the only Repsol Honda rider in the race after Dani Pedrosa broke his collarbone in practice. Read report here.

Valentino Rossi’s final lap of the session placed the Fiat Yamaha rider in second position and gave him his first front-row starting position since he took pole at Le Mans (France) back in May. The reigning World Champion, who has looked in good shape throughout the weekend, was just 0.054s off his fellow Italian.

Completing the front row having battled with Dovizioso for top spot in the closing stages was Australia’s Casey Stoner. The Ducati Team rider, who had a minor run off at turn five early on, was a fraction over a tenth of a second off the pole position time.

Starting a race off the front row for the first time this season will be Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo, after the Fiat Yamaha man placed fourth in the session. Lorenzo had led during the early stages but eventually ended the hour 0.205s off Dovizioso’s pace. Colin Edwards (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) equalled his best qualification of the season so far with fifth, with team-mate Ben Spies once again proving his aptitude at learning new tracks in an impressively quick manner and taking the final spot on row two.

Two run offs during the session failed to hold back Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda) as he placed seventh, with Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team) and Rizla Suzuki duo Álvaro Bautista and Loris Capirossi completing the top ten. The veteran Italian had a crash early on in the session but returned to the track to set his best time, which was just over a second off pole.

Héctor Barberá (Páginas Amarillas Aspar) was the only other rider to crash, with Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team), Aleix Espargaró (Pramac Racing) and Hiroshi Aoyama (Interwetten Honda MotoGP) all having run offs.

The MotoGP race can be seen on ONE HD tomorrow afternoon Live from 3.30pm (EDST).

Grand Prix of Japan : MotoGP Qualifying 

Pos.

Rider

Nation

Team

Bike

Time

1

Andrea Dovizioso

ITA

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

1:47.001

2

Valentino Rossi

ITA

Fiat Yamaha Team

Yamaha

1:47.055

3

Casey Stoner

AUS

Ducati Team

Ducati

1:47.105

4

Jorge Lorenzo

SPA

Fiat Yamaha Team

Yamaha

1:47.206

5

Colin Edwards

USA

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha

1:47.464

6

Ben Spies

USA

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha

1:47.648

7

Randy de Puniet

FRA

LCR Honda MotoGP

Honda

1:47.752

8

Marco Simoncelli

ITA

San Carlo Honda Gresini

Honda

1:47.914

9

Alvaro Bautista

SPA

Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

Suzuki

1:48.002

10

Loris Capirossi

ITA

Rizla Suzuki MotoGP

Suzuki

1:48.068

11

Nicky Hayden

USA

Ducati Team

Ducati

1:48.182

12

Marco Melandri

ITA

San Carlo Honda Gresini

Honda

1:48.238

13

Aleix Espargaro

SPA

Pramac Racing Team

Ducati

1:48.371

14

Hiroshi Aoyama

JPN

Interwetten Honda MotoGP

Honda

1:48.396

15

Hector Barbera

SPA

Paginas Amarillas Aspar

Ducati

1:48.535

16

Mika Kallio

FIN

Pramac Racing Team

Ducati

1:49.480

NC

Dani Pedrosa

SPA

Repsol Honda Team

Honda

No Time

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