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Dovizioso Takes First Pole Position at Motegi Hot

motogp_doviziosoDuring the first free practice session for the MotoGP at Motegi, the Repsol Honda team was cut down to one when Dani Pedrosa crashed, breaking his collar bone. But Andrea Dovizioso has stepped up, as he claimed his first pole position in his teammates absence.

Dovizioso claimed his first front row start earlier this season at Laguna Seca, and now, with his 1'47.001 lap time, he will get the chance to start from the front of the grid tomorrow.

Dovizioso was followed by Valentino Rossi, who claimed the second place spot on his final lap during the second qualifying session. Rossi led Q1, and has looked good all weekend. It is Rossi's first front row start since he took the pole position in May at Le Mans.

Casey Stoner will join the two Italians on the front row.

Jorge Lorenzo, who is coming off of his first non-podium finish of the season, finished fourth during the second qualifying. It is the first time this season that Lorenzo will be starting from off the front row.

Lorenzo will be joined on the second row by Monster Yamaha Tech 3 teammates, Colin Edwards and Ben Spies.

MotoGP - Motegi - Qualifying Times

4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITARepsol Honda Team1'47.001
46Valentino ROSSIITAFiat Yamaha Team1'47.055
27Casey STONERAUSDucati Team1'47.105
99Jorge LORENZOSPAFiat Yamaha Team1'47.206
5Colin EDWARDSUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 31'47.464
11Ben SPIESUSAMonster Yamaha Tech 31'47.648
14Randy DE PUNIETFRALCR Honda MotoGP1'47.752
58Marco SIMONCELLIITASan Carlo Honda Gresini1'47.914
19Alvaro BAUTISTASPARizla Suzuki MotoGP1'48.002
65Loris CAPIROSSIITARizla Suzuki MotoGP1'48.068
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