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Pedrosa takes fourth pole of 2006

Pedrosa takes fourth pole of 2006

Pedrosa takes fourth pole of 2006

Dani Pedrosa will start the Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland from pole position, his fourth pole of his debut season in MotoGP. Repsol Honda's Spanish sensation has already won from the top spot twice this season, at China and Donington, and this weekend has the chance to close the gap on team-mate Nicky Hayden, who accompanies Pedrosa on the front row. They are separated by second place rider Kenny Roberts Jr, who has been in fantastic form thus far on his 2006 visit to the Sachsenring Circuit. Team Roberts' sole rider joined Pedrosa as the only man to break the 1'22 barrier.

Always strong in qualifying, Shinya Nakano heads the second row, ahead of three riders still carrying injuries from last month. Loris Capirossi, Marco Melandri and Sete Gibernau complete the top seven positions, followed by Casey Stoner, John Hopkins and Makoto Tamada.

Valentino Rossi, who needs a win to keep up the pressure on Hayden at the top of the leaderboard heading into the American's home race, could only manage to qualify eleventh at Sachsenring. Motorrad GP Deutschland
MotoGP - QP

1. Dani Pedrosa - Repsol Honda 1'21.815
2. Kenny Roberts jr. - Team Roberts 1'21.907
3. Nicky Hayden - Repsol Honda 1'22.083
4. Shinya Nakano - Kawasaki Racing 1'22.273
5. Loris Capirossi - Ducati Marlboro 1'22.329
6. Marco Melandri - Fortuna Honda 1'22.420
7. Sete Gibernau - Ducati Marlboro 1'22.469
8. Casey Stoner - Honda LCR 1'22.577
9. John Hopkins - Rizla Suzuki 1'22.701
10. Makoto Tamada - Konica Minolta Honda 1'22.866


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