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Pedrosa takes third pole of 2006 for GAS British Grand Prix

Pedrosa takes third pole of 2006 for GAS British Grand Prix

Pedrosa takes third pole of 2006 for GAS British Grand Prix

Dani Pedrosa took his third pole position of the season at the Donington Park circuit, and will line up for the GAS British Grand Prix with a great chance of taking a second premier class win. The young Spaniard had topped the timesheets in all but one of the free practice sessions at the Leicestershire track, where he has never raced before in MotoGP.

Chris Vermeulen will start behind Pedrosa at tomorrow's race, nearly half a second off his Spanish rival's time of 1'27.676. Third in a tightly-packed top ten was Marco Melandri, qualifying in a position nothing short of outstanding considering his condition after a crash two weeks ago in Catalunya.

John Hopkins completed an excellent day for Rizla Suzuki, continuing the team's run of strong qualifying positions. Loris Capirossi, who sat out yesterday's final practice session in order to recuperate from his ongoing abdominal injury, battled against the pain barrier to earn himself fifth on the grid.

Randy de Puniet completed the top six, ahead of team-mate Shinya Nakano and Casey Stoner, who struggled with his qualifying tyres having performed well in previous practices. Kenny Roberts Jr and Colin Edwards completed the top ten.

Michele Fabrizio will not participate in tomorrow's GAS British Grand Prix after fracturing his right collarbone. The Fortuna Honda rider, himself standing in for the injured Toni Elias, suffered a huge highside this morning and was unable to continue.

GAS British Grand Prix
MotoGP - QP

1. Dani Pedrosa - Repsol Honda 1'27.676
2. Chris Vermeulen - Rizla Suzuki 1'28.158
3. Marco Melandri - Fortuna Honda 1'28.205
4. John Hopkins - Rizla Suzuki 1'28.252
5. Loris Capirossi - Ducati Marlboro 1'28.394
6. Randy de Puniet - Kawasaki Racing 1'28.428
7. Shinya Nakano - Kawasaki Racing 1'28.431
8. Casey Stoner - Honda LCR 1'28.447
9. Kenny Roberts jr. - Team KR 1'28.473
10. Colin Edwards - Camel Yamaha 1'28.481


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