Dani Pedrosa scores pole in Malaysia

Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa will start from pole psotion in the final MotoGP race of the 2011 season at Malaysia.

After a close fight with team-mates Casey Stoner and Andrea Dovizioso, Pedrosa grabbed the top spot, despite a fall at the final corner 12 minutes into the session.

The Spaniard returned to the track, and by the 38th minute of the hour session was back at the top.

Dovizioso and newly-crowned Champion Stoner both threw down the challenge, lapping faster than Pedrosa until the last few runs of the session where Pedrosa scored a 2m01.46s – enough for pole.

Behind the Hondo trio, Colin Edwards (Tech 3 Yamaha) was impressive, edging out Marco Simonchelli (Gresini Honda), Nicky Hayden (Ducati), Hiroshi Aoyama (Gresini Honda) and Alvaro Bautista (Suziki).

Ducati’s Valentino Rossi will line-up ninth after a fall. He jumped onto his spare bike, beating the second Tech 3 Yamaha of Cal Crutchlow.

See below for qualifying results from the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 315.3 2’01.462
2 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 315.6 2’01.491 0.029 / 0.029
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 313.0 2’01.666 0.204 / 0.175
4 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 308.9 2’02.010 0.548 / 0.344
5 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 309.0 2’02.105 0.643 / 0.095
6 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 311.3 2’02.172 0.710 / 0.067
7 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 312.7 2’02.254 0.792 / 0.082
8 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 312.2 2’02.332 0.870 / 0.078
9 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 307.5 2’02.395 0.933 / 0.063
10 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 307.9 2’02.756 1.294 / 0.361
11 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 308.2 2’02.939 1.477 / 0.183
12 65 Loris CAPIROSSI ITA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 307.9 2’03.077 1.615 / 0.138
13 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 310.7 2’03.438 1.976 / 0.361
14 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 310.8 2’03.619 2.157 / 0.181
15 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 311.3 2’03.646 2.184 / 0.027
16 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 305.6 2’03.678 2.216 / 0.032
17 89 Katsuyuki NAKASUGA JPN Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 302.7 2’04.072 2.610 / 0.394

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