Dani Pedrosa took his second pole position of the year during the Italian Grand Prix qualifying session this afternoon as Jorge Lorenzo aborted his final lap which would’ve certainly got him the top spot.

Lorenzo was on course to pole on his final run before abandoning it and angrily entering the pits, slamming his hand on his bike in displeasure.

Pramac Ducati rider Hector Barbera secured his first front row start by qualifying third, followed by Ducati rider Nicky Hayden in fourth.

After his Friday practice struggles, Honda rider Casey Stoner never looked like a pole contender on Saturday; the Australian eventually settled for fifth place.

Tech 3 duo Cal Crutchlow and team-mate Andrea Dovizioso ended up sixth and seventh respectively, with the former recovering from a late crash at Turn 12.

Ben Spies qualified ninth after a similar crash to Crutchlow’s, sandwiched between LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl and Ducati’s Valentino Rossi.

 


Pos  Rider             Team/Bike                 Time Gap
 1.  Dani Pedrosa      Honda                     1m47.284s
 2.  Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha                    1m47.423s  + 0.139s
 3.  Hector Barbera    Pramac Ducati             1m47.545s  + 0.261s
 4.  Nicky Hayden      Ducati                    1m47.671s  + 0.387s
 5.  Casey Stoner      Honda                     1m47.689s  + 0.405s
 6.  Andrea Dovizioso  Tech 3 Yamaha             1m47.749s  + 0.465s
 7.  Stefan Bradl      LCR Honda                 1m47.751s  + 0.467s
 8.  Cal Crutchlow     Tech 3 Yamaha             1m47.857s  + 0.573s
 9.  Ben Spies         Yamaha                    1m48.149s  + 0.865s
10.  Valentino Rossi   Ducati                    1m48.502s  + 1.218s
11.  Alvaro Bautista   Gresini Honda             1m48.894s  + 1.610s
12.  Aleix Espargaro   Aspar Aprilia             1m49.387s  + 2.103s
13.  Randy de Puniet   Aspar Aprilia             1m49.450s  + 2.166s
14.  Michele Pirro     Gresini FTR-Honda         1m50.263s  + 2.979s
15.  Yonny Hernandez   Avintia FTR-Kawasaki      1m50.610s  + 3.326s
16.  James Ellison     Paul Bird Aprilia         1m50.812s  + 3.528s
17.  Mattia Pasini     Speed Master Aprilia      1m50.953s  + 3.669s
18.  Ivan Silva        Avintia Inmotec-Kawasaki  1m51.242s  + 3.958s
19.  Colin Edwards     Forward Suter-BMW         1m51.348s  + 4.064s
20.  Danilo Petrucci   Ioda-Aprilia              1m51.473s  + 4.189s