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Pedrosa smashes lap record to take pole position at the Catalan Grand Prix

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For the second consecutive race Dani Pedrosa set a new pole position record in qualifying, the Repsol Honda rider setting a remarkable lap time of 1‰Ûª40.893 to claim the first slot on the grid for tomorrow‰Ûªs Catalan Grand Prix.

Pedrosa‰Ûªs storming lap saw him qualify more than six-tenths of a second ahead of his nearest rival, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 M1 of Cal Crutchlow whose best time of 1‰Ûª41.608 placed him in second position. Rounding out the front row of the grid in third place and 0.065 seconds adrift of Crutchlow was Yamaha Factory Racing‰Ûªs Jorge Lorenzo.

"I am very happy, because we put in a great lap and took a great qualifying time," Pedrosa said. "It was a fantastic pole position for me. We also broke the circuit record and were able to do so in front of the home fans. I am also happy about improving our race pace, as this is the most important thing. We hope to put on a good show tomorrow and take full advantage of the front row start.‰Û

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