Dani Pedrosa has set a new record of the circuit Ricardo Tormo de la Comunitat Valenciana with a lap clocked in 1'30.844 to clinch pole position for the final race of the season in the FIM MotoGP Championship.
The Repsol Honda rider edged out his team-mate Casey Stoner in the last minutes of the qualifying session at Valencia, before a final push from Yamaha Factory Racing's Jorge Lorenzo eventually demoted the Australian to third position.
Cal Crutchlow will be the second best-placed Yamaha on the grid after posting the 4th fastest time in qualifying, ahead of LCR Honda MotoGP's Stefan Bradl and his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team-mate Andrea Dovizioso.
Nicky Hayden qualified his Ducati on the 7th spot on the grid and will be joined on the third row by Alvaro Bautista (San Carlo Honda Gresini) and Hector Barbera (Pramac Racing Team). Power Electronics Aspar's Aleix Espargaro, the top CRT qualifier, completes the top 10.