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Pedrosa on pole at Valencia

Rossi endured a miserable last ever qualifying session for Ducati, languishing at the lower end of the top ten throughout and eventually left just eleven on the grid, 2.033s behind Pedrosa.

The only manufacturer bike behind Rossi was the satellite Ducati of Karel Abraham, in 13th, with Espargaro's team-mate Randy de Puniet dividing the last two Desmosedici riders.

Colin Edwards enjoyed a better session with 14th on the grid for what could be Forward Racing's last event on the Suter BMW, with Michele Pirro 15th in his final ride on the Gresini CRT bike before taking on a Ducati test role.

Lorenzo's team-mate Ben Spies is missing his final Yamaha appearance due to recent shoulder surgery and has been replaced by test rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga. Nakasuga qualified 16th out of the 22 riders.

Hiroshi Aoyama will start his first MotoGP race since 2011 from 21st place on the FTR-Kawasaki, with fellow Avintia rider Claudio Corti making his MotoGP debut from 22nd on the Inmotec-Kawasaki machine.

Despite Saturday's dry weather, forecasts predict a significant chance of rain on Sunday.

A new 'knockout' qualifying format, similar to F1 and WSBK, will be used by MotoGP from next season.

Qualifying:

1. Dani Pedrosa
2. Jorge Lorenzo
3. Casey Stoner
4. Cal Crutchlow
5. Stefan Bradl
6. Andrea Dovizioso
7. Nicky Hayden
8. Alvaro Bautista
9. Hector Barbera
10. Aleix Espargaro
11. Valentino Rossi
12. Randy De Puniet
13. Karel Abraham
14. Colin Edwards
15. Michele Pirro
16. Katsuyuki Nakasuga
17. Danilo Petrucci
18. Ivan Silva
19. Roberto Rolfo
20. James Ellison
21. Hiroshi Aoyama
22. Claudio Corti





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Pete - Unregistered

November 10, 2012 2:35 PM

If Dani can continue his form from the last five or six races, I reckon he can become world champion next year. Dani at some point this season has found something extra, that was missing before. On a different subject, I think that Rossi won't be the force people think he will, on the Yamaha next year. Just a gut feeling.



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