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Saturday, September 15, 2012
Dani Pedrosa captures MotoGP pole

Associated Press

MISANO ADRIATICO, Italy -- Honda's Dani Pedrosa took pole position for the San Marino and Rimini Riviera Grand Prix on Saturday ahead of MotoGP leader Jorge Lorenzo of Yamaha.

Pedrosa clocked 1 minute, 33.857 seconds around the Misano circuit, with fellow Spaniard Lorenzo just 0.018 behind.

British rider Cal Crutchlow of Monster Yamaha qualified third.

Lorenzo and Pedrosa are 1-2 in the standings, with Lorenzo 13 points ahead going into the 13th of 18 races.

LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl qualified fourth, San Carlo Honda's Alvaro Bautista was fifth and seven-time world champion Valentino Rossi of Ducati was sixth.

German rider Sandro Cortese of KTM took the Moto 3 pole.