Dani Pedrosa had pole snatched from his grasp during qualifying at the Aragon MotoGP but the Repsol Honda rider hopes to take the fight to the world champion on Sunday.

Pedrosa will alongside Marquez on the front row in second place after a lap of 1m 47.549s left him trailing his team-mate by 0.362s.

He had taken the top spot in Q2 from Marquez by 0.023s but was unable to hold as the 21-year-old turned the screw to cement his 20th premier class pole start with a stunning lap of 1m 47.187s.

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"Today we had a good qualifying session. In other races we have had difficulties because we haven't started from the front, but today we managed to set a good lap," said Pedrosa.

"I think that the practice sessions also went well for us, and tomorrow in the race we will be as competitive as possible. Marc is setting some very good times, so we will try to fight for the win against him.

"It will be important to get a good start, although the race is long and the pace will play a big part, so we will have keep our concentration on every corner.

"We also have to see what happens with the weather. In the dry the best pace is between [me and Marc] and I think we have a good set-up. If the weather changes we'll have to see how the tyres are working and how much rain is on the track."

It is the third time this season that the Honda pair have occupied the first two places on the grid, with the last Repsol one-two achieved in Germany at the Sachsenring in July.

Pedrosa is currently one point ahead of Valentino Rossi in the fight for second in the world championship - Yamaha star Rossi will start tomorrow's race from sixth place.

Pedrosa and Rossi have each taken one win so far this year.