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Pedrosa takes pole, Marquee to start at 7th

29 October 2017, 03:03 | Nina Mathis

Getty Valentino Rossi believes he could have the won the Australian Grand Prix last weekend

Valentino Rossi

However, he crashed his preferred RC213V at the final corner on his first flying lap and was resigned to his second bike for the rest of the Q2 shoot-out. "We hope to focus on the race and hopefully we will do our best", he said.

Pole-sitter Pedrosa is hoping the race remains dry - Malaysia is known for its weather swings, and making the dry to wet shift is more tricky for riders than fighting humid and sultry conditions. "This morning we made a small mistake with the setup and lost the direction a little bit". I cannot predict the race tomorrow, but there are many riders who can do faster laps.

"Im very happy with this pole, which is our third this year".

"I set a fast lap and it seems the bike is competitive in both wet and dry track", he told during a media interaction. Anyway, we're not happy with today but not completely disappointed either, as our pace isn't bad.

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Heading up row two is nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YZR-M1 pilot qualifying ahead of Maverick Vinales and Ducati Team's Jorge Lorenzo. But we'll see, maybe tomorrow during the afternoon, rain changes everything so we need to see how we can manage.

Dovizioso won at Sepang a year ago, but Marquez nonetheless seems primed to close out a second consecutive title triumph, having prevailed in Australia last weekend.

"We are there, three or four riders who can fight for the podium".

Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso (1:59.236s) completed the front row, keeping his title chances alive as Marquez (1:59.694s) was forced to settle for seventh on the grid. Tomorrow's series will be very important for all riders.It is important to know the strategy of other riders in the middle of the race, said Pedrosa quoted from CNN. And if things go wrong in Malaysia, he would still have a distinct advantage going into his "home" Grand Prix - the Valencia GP - on November 12. Marquez has no problem getting to the front, and if he can sustain his usual speed, he'll clinch the title one round early.

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