Dani Pedrosa and Hiroshi Aoyama sealed a one-two for Honda at the front of the 250cc grid as pole contender Randy de Puniet ran off track at the end of the session at Motegi.

De Puniet was able to avoid crashing but could do nothing to stop Pedrosa from clinching pole at Motegi for the third successive season, his previous two efforts coming in the 125cc class, despite suffering from a fractured toe suffered in a practice crash on Friday.

With Aoyama's last lap effort moving him up to his highest grid position this year in second place, De Puniet was forced to settle for third, the lone Aprilia in the top four as Toni Elias completed the front row on his Honda.

Top ten 250 qualifiers
1. Pedrosa
2. Aoyama
3. De Punniet
4. Elias
5. Porto
6. Takahashi
7. De Angelis
8. West
9. Battaini
10. Poggiali



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