The 26-year-old Honda rider — taking his 41st career pole spot and his 23rd in MotoGP — was 0.018sec quicker than 2010 champion and compatriot Jorge Lorenzo on a Yamaha. Briton Cal Crutchlow will start from third spot having finished 0.0144sec slower.
Pedrosa, who trails Lorenzo by 13 points in the overall standings after 12 races, said: “It’s very important to start in front because the first parts of the circuit are very narrow.”
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