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Rossi secures Donington pole spot

British MotoGP, Donington Park
Date: 25-26 July
Sunday 26 July: 125cc and 250cc races: 1220-1435, BBC Red Button/online Race live: 1500-1630, BBC One/online, commentary on Radio Five Live ; MotoGP Extra, 1630-1700, BBC Red Button/online

Valentino Rossi
Rossi leads team-mate Lorenzo by 14 points in the championship

World championship leader Valentino Rossi will start Sunday's British MotoGP at Donington from pole position.

The Yamaha rider bumped team-mate Jorge Lorenzo from top spot in qualifying, with Lorenzo having to settle for third after being passed by Dani Pedrosa.

Casey Stoner, who is third in the title race behind Rossi and Lorenzo, had another frustrating day, coming fourth.

Britain's James Toseland finished ninth fastest, equalling his best qualifying performance so far this season.

Rossi was satisfied with his day's work, securing his first pole position at Donington since 2005, which was the last time he won at the circuit.


And with rain on race day a distinct possibility, he said the weather could play a significant factor.

"We're not at the maximum with the hard tyre, so if tomorrow is dry, we'll have to reconsider and modify out settings as I don't have much grip," he told BBC Sport.

Pedrosa trailed Rossi by just 0.095 seconds, and admitted he nearly pinched front spot from under the nose of the reigning world champion.

"At the end I wasn't fully concentrating so I couldn't make the best lap time, but front row is good, as we've not been there in the last few races so that's important," said the Honda rider.

British Grand Prix qualifying result:

1 V Rossi (It) Fiat Yamaha 1'28.116
2 D Pedrosa (Sp) Honda 1'28.211
3 J Lorenzo (Sp) Fiat Yamaha 1'28.402
4 C Stoner (Aus) Ducati 1'28.446
5 A Dovizioso (It) Honda 1'28.778
6 C Edwards (US) Yamaha 1'28.865
7 M Melandri (It) Kawasaski 1'29.065
8 T Elias (Sp) Honda 1'29.175
9 J Toseland (GB) Yamaha 1'29.270
10 R de Puniet (Fr) Honda 1'29.434
11 M Kallio (US) Ducati 1'29.599
12 A de Angelis (RSM) Honda 1'29.600
13 C Vermeulen (Aus) Suzuki 1'30.098
14 L Capirossi (It) Suzuki 1'30.153
15 N Hayden (US) Ducati 1'30.268
16 N Canepa (Ita) Pramac Racing Ducati 1'30.572
17 G Talmacsi (Hun) Scot Racing 1'31.193

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see also
Smith secures pole at Donington
25 Jul 09 |  MotoGP
Toseland set for Donington test
25 Jul 09 |  MotoGP
Lorenzo wants new Yamaha contract
22 Jul 09 |  MotoGP
Matt Roberts' MotoGP column
21 Jul 09 |  MotoGP
Rossi pips Lorenzo for German win
19 Jul 09 |  MotoGP

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