Daniel Pedrosa produced a late lap inside his own circuit record to snatch provisional pole position for the 250cc Czech Republic Grand Prix from Jorge Lorenzo.

The pair have been the subject of a speculative war of words in the Spanish press during the summer break, but they did their talking on the track today with an entertaining battle for top spot.

Lorenzo ended the session in second place after Pedrosa clocked 2min 3.184secs with his last of 17 laps. Hiroshi Aoyama and Casey Stoner, who trails Pedrosa by 50 points in the championship, complete the provisional front row.

250cc top ten - first qualifying:

1. Pedrosa (Honda)
2. Lorenzo (Honda) +0.148secs
3. Aoyama (Honda) +0.287secs
4. Stoner (Aprilia) +0.336secs
5. Dovizioso (Honda) +0.393secs
6. Porto (Aprilia) +0.427secs
7. De Angelis (Aprilia) +0.451secs
8. De Puniet (Aprilia) +1.107secs
9. Barbera (Honda) +1.380secs
10. Corsi (Aprilia) +1.498secs

17. Davies (Aprilia) +2.824secs



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