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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Dani Pedrosa set Valencia MotoGP Pole

Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa seized pole position ahead of world champion Jorge Lorenzo in the final Grand Prix of the MotoGP season in Valencia this afternoon.

Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner will start second and third, but the Repsol Honda rider takes the plaudits after posting a sensational time.

(MotoGP) Pedrosa, the only rider who has won at Valencia in all three classes, set a new pole record on his last flying lap (1'30.844) beating Valentino Rossi's old record by 0.158 seconds (1'31.002), which Rossi recorded using qualifying tyres in 2006.

Dani Pedrosa: "It was almost a perfect lap and I gave 100% because I knew I wouldn't be able to improve any more as the tyres were very good for the first lap and then the drop in grip was quite severe. I'm very happy with the pole position and the new record because Valentino's old record was done with qualifying tyres.”

“We had only one dry session to test the new asphalt and we saw that the grip level is a little better but the tyres dropped down very quick. We still have to decide on the tyres for tomorrow because we have used only the soft compound, but it depends on the weather - if it rains we will need to take what we learned yesterday. I really would like to win here and finish the season with a good race.”

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