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2011-10-22 11:30

TRIPLE FOR HONDA: Dani Pedrosa (right), Casey Stoner (centre) and Andrea Dovizioso after qualifying for the 2011 Malaysia MotoGP. They will start first, second and third. Image: AFP

Alastair Himmer

SEPANG, Malaysia - Honda's Dani Pedrosa snatched pole position on Saturday for Sunday's Malaysian Motor GP ahead of new MotoGP World champion Casey Stoner.

Spaniard Pedrosa clocked a fastest lap of 2min1.462 at Sepang to edge out team mate Stoner and claim his second pole of 2011.

Stoner's best lap was 2min01.491 with Italian Andrea Dovizioso's 2min01.666 completing a Honda front row for the penultimate round of the season.


Pedrosa did not have things all his own way despite dominating practice through Friday. He fell at the final corner only 12 minutes into qualifying. He quickly rejoined the fray but it took him until 38 minutes into the hour to return to top spot after some jousting between Dovizioso and Marco Simoncelli (Honda).

Dovizioso snatched it back briefly before Stoner, who had won his second MotoGP title at his home track in Australia a week earlier, set a lap 0.061sec quicker but Pedrosa, fourth last weekend at Phillip Island and fourth in the World championship, would not be denied and reasserted his authority in the final runs.

Yamaha's Colin Edwards was fourth-quickest ahead of Simoncelli and Nicky Hayden's Ducati.

Seven-times MotoGP World champion Valentino Rossi took a spill at turn 10 but jumped on his spare bike to claim ninth to sum up a frustrating first season at Ducati.

MotoGP qualifying
1 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 2min01.462
2 Casey Stoner (Australia) Honda 2min01.491
3 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Honda 2min01.666
4 Colin Edwards (US) Yamaha 2min02.100
5 Marco Simoncelli (Italy) Honda 2min02.105
6 Nicky Hayden (US) Ducati 2min02.172
7 Hiroshi Aoyama (Japan) Honda 2min02.254
8 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Suzuki 2min02.332
9 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Ducati 2min02.395 10

Moto2 qualifying
1 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Suter 2min07.512
2 Stefan Bradl (Germany) Kalex 2min07.724
3 Michele Pirro (Italy) Moriwaki 2min08.004
4 Yuki Takahashi (Japan) Moriwaki 2min08.069
5 Pol Espargaro (Spain) FTR 2min08.107
6 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Pons Kalex 2min08.154
7 Mika Kallio (Finland) Suter 2min08.240
8 Claudio Corti (Italy) Suter 2min08.319
9 Scott Redding (Britain) Suter 2min08.412
10 Mattia Pasini (Italy) FTR 2min08.414

125cc qualifying
1 Nicolas Terol (Spain) Aprilia 2min13.579
2 Hector Faubel (Spain) Aprilia 2min13.594
3 Sandro Cortese (Germany) Aprilia 2min13.954
4 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Derbi 2min14.581
5 Luis Salom (Spain) Aprilia 2min14.682
6 Jonas Folger (Germany) Aprilia 2min14.776
7 Maverick Vinales (Spain) Aprilia 2min15.055
8. Alberto Moncayo (Spain) Aprilia 2min15.272
9 Adrian Martin (Spain) Aprilia


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