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Dominant Pedrosa shoots to Sepang pole

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Saturday 24th October, 2015 - 5:30pm

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Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa produced an impressive ride to secure a commanding pole position for the penultimate round the MotoGP season at Sepang.

The factory Honda rider converted his blistering final practice speed into qualifying as he left the field trailing in his wake.

Pedrosa set the pace from the outset laying down a 1:59.053s effort with his first flying lap, which proved enough to claim his first pole position since the Grand Prix of Catalunya last year.

Such was the Spaniard’s pace, his nearest rival Marc Marquez could only get within 0.4s of his team-mate.

Championship leader Valentino Rossi claimed the final place on the front row, pipping his title rival and team-mate Jorge Lorenzo by 0.011s in the dying minutes.

LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow emerged as the best of the statuette team riders with the Brit hauling himself into fifth spot, ahead of the factory Ducatis of Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso.

Suzuki’s Maverick Vinales, Tech 3 Yamaha’s Bradley Smith ended the session in eighth and ninth, while Avintia Ducati’s Hector Barbera rounded out the top 10.

Jack Miller will start from 16th on the grid following an eventful end to his qualifying session which saw his LCR Honda catch fire following a crash in Q1.

Fellow Australians Ant West (AB Honda) and Damian Cudlin (Ioda ART), filling in for the injured Karel Abraham and Alex de Angelis, will start from 24th and 25th respectively.

Result: MotoGP Malaysian Grand Prix Qualifying, Sepang

Position Rider Team Time Gap
1 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1:59.053s
2 Marc Marquez Honda 1:59.462s +0.409s
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1:59.726s +0.673s
4 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1:59.737s +0.684s
5 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 2:00.199s +1.146s
6 Andrea Iannone Ducati 2:00.224s +1.171s
7 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 2:00.423s +1.370s
8 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 2:00.478s +1.425s
9 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 2:00.652s +1.599s
10 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 2:00.724s +1.671s
11 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 2:00.724s +1.671s
12 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 2:00.794s +1.741s
13 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 2:01.223s Q1
14 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Gresini 2:01.346s Q1
15 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 2:01.367s Q1
16 Jack Miller LCR Honda 2:01.725s Q1
17 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini 2:01.727s Q1
18 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Ducati 2:01.748s Q1
19 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 2:01.829s Q1
20 Loris Baz Forward Yamaha 2:01.862s Q1
21 Toni Elias Forward Yamaha 2:02.415s Q1
22 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 2:02.460s Q1
23 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Ducati 2:02.964s Q1
24 Anthony West AB Motoracing 2:03.855s Q1
25 Damian Cudlin IodaRacing Project 2:06.051s Q1

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