Dani Pedrosa – Repsol Honda at the Sepang International Circuit. Photo: MotoGP
While most of the MotoGP world was watching the Yamaha team mates Rossi and Lorenzo, it was the Honda of Dani Pedrosa that took pole in Malaysia and by a significant margin.
Four tenths of a second faster around the Sepang International Circuit that his team mate Marques who qualified second, Pedrosa had signalled his speed Free Practice 4 and carried that through to Qualifying 2, setting his pole lap on his first run, while most others opted for the traditional two run strategy. Fashionably late to the remaining front row starting position was Rossi, displacing his team mate and championship rival Lorenzo to forth place and a second row start.
LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow (+1.146s) qualified as the leading Satellite rider in fifth. The Brit set his best time on his final flying lap to claim his seventh second row start of the year. Ducati Team’s Andrea Iannone (+1.171s) completes the second row for Sunday’s race as he once again showed good pace on the Ducati GP15. The Italian had been down in eighth on the combined times after FP3, but improved to finish just 0.025s behind Crutchlow.
Check out the full MotoGP™ Qualifying results; Warm Up is at 10:40 and the 20-lap race starts at 15:00 local time on Sunday.