Results and summary of qualifying practice for the MotoGP class at Sepang:
Dani Pedrosa will start Sunday's MotoGP race from pole, extending his clean sweep of the weekend. In contrast to free practice, his margin was reduced to less than three-hundredths of a second, Pedrosa's confidence perhaps knocked a little by an early crash. Pole was not settled until the final few minutes, Pedrosa dislodging Andrea Dovizioso with four minutes to go. Casey Stoner put in a late challenged, but could not quite get ahead of Pedrosa, but with Pedrosa on pole, Stoner in 2nd and Dovizioso in 3rd, the Repsol Honda team took a clean sweep of the front row.
Colin Edwards continued his strong weekend by qualifying in 4th, the first Yamaha on the grid, just over half a second back from Pedrosa, and ahead of San Carlo Gresini's Marco Simoncelli, who had previously had a monopoly on 4th. The improvements that Ducati showed in the morning carried over into the afternoon, Nicky Hayden setting the 6th fastest time, and just seven tenths slower than Pedrosa. Hiroshi Aoyama will head up the third row of the grid, starting from 7th ahead of Alvaro Bautista, while a crash in the final third of the session left Valentino Rossi on his second bike, and qualifying in 9th.
At the bottom of the timesheets are the factory Yamahas, with Ben Spies having a very tough qualifying, including a big crash. There is a very good chance that Spies could elect not to race tomorrow, the pain in his rib muscles preventing him from being able to ride properly.
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