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Pedrosa takes pole in Malaysian MotoGP

Pedrosa takes pole in Malaysian MotoGP

Dani Pedrosa took pole position for the Malaysian MotoGP in one of the best qualifying sessions of the season Saturday, taking the front spot for Honda from world champion Valentino Rossi with in the last seconds.
The Spanish rider was racing against time to get out for a final attempt, then produced the quickest time in 2 minutes, 1.548 seconds.
Rossi had the leading time of 2:01.957 on his Yamaha and was in pole position until Pedrosa's late run on a track that was not completely dry after earlier heavy rain that was followed by high humidity.
Jorge Lorenzo was third fastest in qualifying, with Americans Nicky Hayden and Colin Edwards in fourth and fifth. Casey Stoner, the 2007 world champion who won the recent Australian MotoGP, will start from seventh, one place ahead of Italy's Loris Capirossi.
Hiroshi Aoyama's provisional pole time of 2:06.893 on Friday was not surpassed in Saturday qualifying in the 250cc class, giving the Japanese rider his first pole position of the season.
He will line up on the front row of the grid with championship contender Alvaro Bautista and current series leader marco Simoncelli, who was one of the few riders to improve their Friday time in the second qualifying session.
Andrea Iannone slipped and crashed in the rain Saturday but his time of 2:14.676 in Friday's session was good enough to retain pole position in the 125cc class.
Gabor Talmacsi, the 2007 race winner, and Britain's Danny Webb will start on the front row of the grid with Iannone.