MotoGP Misano Quali: Pedrosa Takes Pole Despite Some Scuffles for It

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9:01am EST — Dani Pedrosa continued his good results from Indianapolis to take pole at Misano, despite some fast times from Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner throughout the session.  Lorenzo then Stoner were fastest early on, but Pedrosa took charge in the latter quarter of the qualifying session and only let go of pole occasionally as the other riders lost fast lap times in the third sector.  Valentino Rossi seemed to benefit from the home crowd, qualifying fourth and not crashing out as he did so often at Indianapolis.  Stoner did lose the front end but recovered after his crash to qualify third behind Lorenzo.  At the halfway point it was Stoner, Pedrosa, Rossi, Lorenzo, Ben Spies, Colin Edwards,  Andrea Dovizioso, Marco Melandri, Loris Capirossi, and Alvaro Bautista as the top ten with Nicky Hayden seemingly unable to find pace anywhere.  He launguised outside of the top ten throughout the session and only qualified fourteenth.

Provisional Starting Grid for the San Marnio Grand Prix:
1. Pedrosa 1:33.948
2. Lorenzo 1:34.256
3. Stoner 1:34.397
4. Rossi 1:34.470
5. Spies 1:34.472
6. de Puniet 1:34.571
7. Edwards 1:34.782
8. Dovizioso 1:34.826
9. Simoncelli 1:34.934
10. Melandri 1:35.018
11. Capirossi 1:35.096
12. Barbera 1:35.259
13. Aoyama 1:35.286
14. Hayden 1:35.303
15. Espargaro 1:35.438
16. Bautista 1:35.629
17. Kallio 1:35.724


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