Valencia : The MotoGP starting grid
Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) achieved his fourth consecutive pole position with a time of 1'31.517s at the Gran Premio bwin.com de la Comunitat Valenciana this afternoon.
The young Spaniard is hoping for his first win on home soil
in the premier class and will start from the front of the grid as he goes in search of 25 points to give him a chance of the runner-up spot in the World Championship.
Fiat Yamaha's Valentino Rossi is currently 24 points ahead of Pedrosa, but a qualifying crash has left the Italian five-time MotoGP World Champion doubtful for the race due to hand injuries and in 17th place on the grid.
Current World Champion Casey Stoner (Ducati Marlboro) will start from second place, in front of Pedrosa's team-mate Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda) – the 2006 title winner – who completed the front row.
On the second row are French pair Randy de Puniet (Kawasaki Racing) and Sylvain Guintoli (Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3) – the latter with his best ever MotoGP QP result in fifth, ahead of colleague Makoto Tamada in sixth after a great session for the Tech 3 team.
John Hopkins (Rizla Suzuki), Loris Capirossi (Ducati Marlboro), Carlos Checa (Honda LCR) and Marco Melandri (Honda Gresini) rounded off the top ten.
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