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Pedrosa recovers from crash to set pole

Pedrosa recovers from crash to set pole

Pedrosa recovers from crash to set pole

Dani Pedrosa had a mixed final qualifying session for his home Grand Prix at Valencia on Saturday, taking pole position for the fourth time this season despite crashing his Honda at the start of the session. Pedrosa escaped major injury, suffering a slight knock to his left thumb, and will take his place at the front of the grid as he looks to celebrate his title success in front of over 120,000 fans tomorrow.

Less than half a second covers the front row after another positive qualifying performance from Alex de Angelis in third place and Randy de Puniet taking fourth, 0.446 seconds off Pedrosa's pole time.

Toni Elías starts his home race from the second row after significantly improving his performance on the second day and qualifying fifth fastest. The Honda rider is joined on the second row by Franco Battiani, Hiroshi Aoyama and Manuel Poggiali.

Chaz Davies, the youngest rider in the class, was again impressive as he challenged for a second row spot, only dropping from eighth position to tenth on the final lap as first Poggiali and then Naoki Matsudo, who moved up to ninth, beat his time.


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