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"Almost a perfect lap" – Pedrosa

10/11/12 - 15:55

The last pole position of the season was decided today. Dani Pedrosa took it brilliantly, by setting a new circuit record with a time of 1’30.844, almost two tenths of a second quicker than the previous best, held by Valentino Rossi since 2006. Casey Stoner will also start from the front row after finishing third in qualifying today.

As happened yesterday in the second free practice session, after overnight rain many riders chose not to go out on track this morning at the start of the run, waiting for the asphalt to dry completely. It was not until the last ten minutes, with the track nearly dry, when the whole grid went out to put down a few laps. Dani Pedrosa was the man who had the best lap from the time available and set the fastest time of the morning, with a margin of more than six tenths over second place. His partner in the Repsol Honda Team, Casey Stoner, finished in ninth, after completing just four laps.

In a hotly contested qualifying session, Pedrosa and Stoner provided along with Jorge Lorenzo, a battle for pole position. In a thrilling closing dice of the session, all three rider took turns at the top of the timesheets, until Pedrosa finally won out. The Repsol rider was the only man able to break the 1’31 barrier, taking a new lap record of 1’30.844. Casey Stoner will accompany the Spaniard on the first row of the grid after finishing third, 584 thousandths of a second down on Pedrosa.

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