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Pedrosa takes second pole ahead of Nakano with enthralling final lap

Pedrosa takes second pole ahead of Nakano with enthralling final lap

Pedrosa takes second pole ahead of Nakano with enthralling final lap

Dani Pedrosa will start a MotoGP race from pole for the second time in his career at tomorrow's Alice Grand Prix of France. The Spaniard put in a storming last lap of 1'33.990 to snatch the spot at the head of the grid from an impressive Shinya Nakano by three tenths of a second.

Pole-man and winner last weekend at the Shanghai Circuit, Pedrosa will be looking to continue his run of form into the Sunday race at the famous Bugatti Circuit.

Nakano looked set to give Kawasaki the top spot for the first time this season, but instead had to settle for his highest qualifying position of 2006.

Rizla Suzuki's John Hopkins repeated his top three position qualification in China, and following on from his fourth place finish in the race he will be out for a podium place tomorrow afternoon.

Local rider Randy de Puniet completed a memorable day for Kawasaki, delighting the large number of fans present at the Le Mans track by slotting into fourth place. The Frenchman stood on the pit wall to acknowledge the crowd following the session.

Marco Melandri and Loris Capirossi completed the top six, both trying to get back on track after disappointing results in China. World Champion Valentino Rossi and team-mate Colin Edwards were unable to keep their free practice positions at the top of the leaderboard, separated in seventh and ninth by Sete Gibernau. Nicky Hayden completed the top ten just under a second slower than his pole-setting Repsol Honda colleague.

Alice GP of France

1. Dani Pedrosa - Repsol Honda 1'33.990
2. Shinya Nakano - Kawasaki Racing 1'34.201
3. John Hopkins - Rizla Suzuki 1'34.636
4. Randy de Puniet - Kawasaki Racing 1'34.780
5. Marco Melandri - Fortuna Honda 1'34.795
6. Loris Capirossi - Ducati Marlboro 1'34.802
7. Valentino Rossi - Camel Yamaha 1'34.840
8. Sete Gibernau - 1'34.870
9. Colin Edwards - Camel Yamaha 1'34.970
10. Nicky Hayden - Repsol Honda 1'34.988


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