Dani Pedrosa wasn't able to repeat his perfect Friday performance on Saturday at the Sachsenring, but kept his hopes of a third German GP victory in succession well and truly alive with a close front row start.

Pedrosa was one of four riders to feature on pole after the chequered flag had been waved, but was pushed to third behind Repsol Honda team-mate Casey Stoner and Yamaha's Ben Spies.

"I'm very happy with this qualifying session," said Pedrosa, whose best lap was 0.285s from Stoner. "It was difficult, especially at the beginning as it was raining very hard and we had so much water on the asphalt, it was difficult to stop the bike spinning and aquaplaning.

"It was crucial to be ready at the end when the rain stopped because everybody was improving their lap times and in one lap you could be first or sixth. I'm very happy because in the past in these kind of sessions we didn't get a good result.

"But this time, I was more confident every lap and we made it; I thought I got the pole in my last flying lap, but anyway to be at the front is key in Sachsenring.

"Yesterday we also had a good feeling in the dry, and it looks like we will have a dry race tomorrow, so it will be important to make the right choice on tyres and try the hard compound in the warm up to compare with the soft we tried on Friday".

Pedrosa is third in the championship and 19 points from leaders Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo, who between them have won all seven races so far this year.

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