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Dani Pedrosa takes pole position for San Marino MotoGP

San Marino MotoGP, Misano
Date: 4-5 September
Saturday 4 September Qualifying: 1150-1500, BBC Red Button and Online
Sunday 5 September: Race live: 1235-1400, BBC One, 125cc & Moto2: 0950-1205, Red Button MotoGP Extra: 1400-1430, Red Button


Dani Pedrosa
Pedrosa narrowly edged out fellow Spaniard Lorenzo

Spain's Dani Pedrosa kept up his winning form from the Indianapolis Grand Prix as he clinched pole position for Sunday's race in San Marino.

The Repsol Honda rider, who is second in the championship, set a fastest time of one minute 33.948 seconds, edging out championship leader Jorge Lorenzo.

Casey Stoner, who topped the sheets before a crash, was third and Valentino Rossi fourth fastest for his home race.

Lorenzo has a 68-point lead over fellow Spaniard Pedrosa in the standings.

Ben Spies, who will be Lorenzo's Fiat Yahama team-mate next season, was the highest placed non-factory team rider in fifth, one ahead of Randy de Puniet, who is still on the mend after a broken leg.

606: DEBATE

Colin Edwards, Andrea Dovizioso and San Carlo Honda Gresini pair Marco Simoncelli and Marco Melandri completed the top 10.

Earlier in qualifying for the 125cc race, Great Britain's Bradley Smith took his second pole position of the season, setting a fastest lap time of one minute 43.329 seconds right at the end of the session.

That helped him take front spot from championship leader Marc Marquez by only 0.158 seconds, with Smith's Bancaja Aspar team-mate Nico Terol, who was second in this race last year, in third spot.

Fellow Briton Danny Webb qualified ninth fastest.

And Scott Redding was just edged out for pole in the Moto2 qualifying by championship leader Toni Elias.

Reigning 125cc world champion Julian Simon was third fastest.


San Marino MotoGP qualifying result:

1 D Pedrosa (Sp) Repsol Honda 1:33.948
2 J Lorenzo (Sp) Fiat Yamaha 1:34.256
3 C Stoner (Aus) Ducati 1:34.397
4 V Rossi (Ita) Fiat Yamaha 1:34.470
5 B Spies (US) Tech 3 Yamaha 1:34.472
6 R de Puniet (Fr) LCR Honda 1:34.751
7 C Edwards (US) Tech 3 Yamaha 1:34.782
8 A Dobvizioso (Ita) Repsol Honda 1:34.826
9 M Simoncelli (It) San Carlo Honda Gresini 1:34.934
10 M Melandri (Ita) San Carlo Honda Gresini 1:35.018
11 L Capirossi (Ita) Rizla Suzuki 1'35.096
12 H Barbera (Sp) Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati 1:35.259
13 H Aoyama (Jpn) Interwetten Honda 1:35.286
14 N Hayden (US) Ducati 1:35.303
15 A Espargaro (Sp) Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1:35.438
16 A Bautista (Sp) Rizla Suzuki 1:35.629
17 M Kallio (Fin) Pramac Racing Team Ducati 1'35.724

Moto2 qualifying result:

1 T Elias (Sp) Moriwaki 1:38.991
2 S Redding (GB) Suter 1:39.035
3 J Simon (Sp) Suter 1:39.280

125cc qualifying result:

1 B Smith (GB) Aprilia 1:43.329
2 M Marquez (Spa) Derbi 1:43.487
3 N Terol (Spa) Aprilia 1:43.644



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see also
MotoGP standings
31 Oct 10 |  MotoGP
Steve Parrish's MotoGP column
02 Sep 10 |  MotoGP
Pedrosa secures Indianapolis win
29 Aug 10 |  MotoGP
Spies clinches Indianapolis pole
28 Aug 10 |  MotoGP
Steve Parrish's MotoGP column
26 Aug 10 |  MotoGP
Spies recruited to replace Rossi
27 Aug 10 |  MotoGP
Lorenzo claims Czech Grand Prix
15 Aug 10 |  MotoGP


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