Dani Pedrosa escaped injury following a final lap crash in qualifying at Motegi but still earned a front row start on the Repsol Honda.

Pedrosa had been pushing hard for pole when he lost the front end of his RCV213 at the penultimate corner but the incident failed to dampen his spirits as he stressed the importance of 'riding with skill and bravery' in Sunday's race.

"I'm happy today because we had a good qualifying session and were setting some good times. Unfortunately I crashed on the last lap, almost at the final corner, when I was going quickly to try to get pole position," Pedrosa said.

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"Luckily I'm fine and tomorrow I will try to use this front row spot to get a good start. Looking at the race tomorrow I think some riders have a similar pace, so it can be an interesting one.

"The start is going to be important and the race is not short, so we have to manage the situation well and be focused.

"We'll see what happens but we will strive to do our best and we will remain fully focused. It will be important to ride with skill and bravery."

Pedrosa, who set his quickest lap in a time of 1m 44.755s to finish ahead of team-mate Marc Marquez and 0.253s behind Andrea Dovizioso on pole, says a dip in temperatures on Sunday could give rise to faster lap times.

"For the pace in the race we have to wait and see tomorrow; it might be a little cooler tomorrow and the bikes might be a little faster," he said.

"This also affects consumption so we will have to wait and see how to handle that."