Dani Pedrosa produced a stunning performance in qualifying to smash Casey Stoner's 2008 lap record and secure pole for tomorrow's sixth round of the MotoGP World Championship at Catalunya in Spain.
Pedrosa's sizzling lap of 1m 40.893s put him a huge 0.608s ahead of Cal Crutchlow in second place on the Tech 3 Yamaha machine.
The Spaniard's time was 0.293s quicker than Stoner managed when qualifying rubber was still being used five years ago.
Pedrosa earned his second successive pole start of the season as he prepares to mark his 200th Grand Prix start tomorrow, becoming only the 19th rider in history to reach the milestone.
“I am very happy, because we put in a great lap and took a great qualifying time,” he 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,” he added.
“We hope to put on a good show tomorrow and take full advantage of the front row start.”
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