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Pedrosa takes third successive pole

Pedrosa takes third successive pole

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa snatched pole position for the third successive round at the end of today's qualifying session at the Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix in hot and humid conditions at Sepang.

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa snatched pole position for the third successive round at the end of today's qualifying session at the Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix in hot and humid conditions at Sepang.

On a dry track there were several riders in contention for the top spot, as the provisional pole changed hands on numerous occasions, but ultimately it was the 22 year-old former 125cc and 250cc World Champion who put his Michelin equipped RC212V at the front of the grid – in front of four Bridgestone riders in the top five.

After lapping ninth quickest in FP3 this morning the diminutive Honda man upped his game with a time of 2'01.877s to beat second fastest participant Casey Stoner (Ducati Marlboro) by 0.041s.

Behind the Catalan and the Australian on the front row is Italian Marco Melandri (Honda Gresini) who was just 0.067s off pole.

The second row comprises Kawasaki pair Randy de Puniet and Ant West, fourth and fifth respectively, in front of 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden who qualified 0.348s slower than his Honda team-mate.

Rizla Suzuki's Chris Vermeulen was the third quickest Australian qualifier in seventh place, with Honda Gresini's Toni Elias just behind him. Valentino Rossi's uncomfortable weekend continued onboard his Fiat Yamaha M1 as he ended up in ninth position – just over half a second off the pace.

John Hopkins' (Rizla Suzuki) relatively poor recent qualifying results continued as he concluded the session completing the top ten.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, POLINI MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, QP

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