Results and summary of the qualifying practice at Mugello for the MotoGP class:
Dani Pedrosa will start from pole for the second time this season, having posted a blistering lap in the late stages of qualifying. The Repsol Honda man was fast throughout, taking 2nd on hard tires as the final and hectic last 20 minutes commenced, then turned up the pace at the end improving lap after lap.
Pedrosa will start ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, an electronic problem thwarting the Factory Yamaha rider's final shot at setting a fast time. Lorenzo had dominated practice, and looked on his way to pole, until the electronics cut power to the bike. The Spaniard rolled into the pits disappointed not to have had another chance.
Hector Barbera made it three Spaniards on the front row, the first time this has ever happened in MotoGP. The Pramac Ducati rider has been fast all weekend, and unlike at other tracks, Barbera set his fast laps all on his own, rather than by getting a tow. Barbera finished ahead of Nicky Hayden on the factory Ducati, and the second Repsol Honda of Casey Stoner. After a strong session in the morning, Stoner struggled once again in the afternoon, losing a lot of time in the final sector of the track.
The Monster Tech 3 Yamahas of Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso sit in 6th and 7th, Crutchlow on the end of the second row, Dovizioso heading up the third. The session was eventful for both men, Crutchlow crashing while on an early qualifying lap, Dovizioso saving a near-crash on his knee. LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl starts from 8th, ahead of the second Factory Yamaha of Ben Spies, another rider to crash during qualifying. Valentino Rossi rounds out the top 10, the nine-times World Champion 1.2 seconds off the pace of polesitter Pedrosa.
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