Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class at Mugello:
Dani Pedrosa will start tomorrow's Italian Grand Prix from pole tomorrow, the Repsol Honda rider's second of the season. Pedrosa had only one serious rival for pole, lone Fiat Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo looked to have clinched pole with 11 minutes to go, but Pedrosa pipped him in the final seconds.
Marlboro Ducati's Casey Stoner completes the front row, a good result from an otherwise dismal weekend, but his problems are not yet solved, he told the MotoGP.com commentators after QP was over. The new forks provided better feedback, but getting the bike to turn was more difficult. His race pace was still six or eight tenths off that of Lorenzo and Pedrosa.
Nicky Hayden completed the improvement for Marlboro Ducati, the Kentucky Kid heading up the second row in 4th position. Hayden sits ahead of Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Colin Edwards and LCR Honda's Randy de Puniet. Edwards' teammate Ben Spies sits at the front of row three, with Andrea Dovizioso in 8th, and Pramac Ducati's Aleix Espargaro making sublime use of the tow from Hayden to end in 9th. Interwetten Honda's Hiroshi Aoyama scored an equally impressive 10th time.
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