Rossi on pole for Valencia MotoGP

Sat Nov 8, 2014 10:14am EST
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By Tim Hanlon

(Reuters) - Italian Valentino Rossi won his first pole position for over four years in qualifying for the final MotoGP grand prix of the season in Valencia on Saturday while newly-crowned world champion Marc Marquez is on the second row of the grid.

Rossi maintained his recent good form with the fastest lap of one minute 30.843 seconds, ahead of fellow Italian Andrea Iannone on his Ducati and Honda rider Dani Pedrosa behind him.

Rossi has not had a pole position since Le Mans in 2010.

"We were still in black and white I think (when he was last on pole),” Rossi joked with reporters.

"On the last lap I felt that I could improve and then to look up at the screen and see I was on pole was fantastic."

Pedrosa is looking to rebound after failing to finish the last two grands prix, which has seen him fall down to fourth place in the rider’s championship.

"There was a good pace and the wind played a big part as it made it more difficult for us," Pedrosa told reporters.

"It got more windy as the sessions went on and it is not easy to deal with on the bike. I did a strong lap where I could improve a bit but third place is still not the best."   Continued...

Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi of Italy looks back as he races during the first free practice session ahead of the Valencia Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Ricardo Tormo racetrack in Cheste, near Valencia, November 7, 2014. REUTERS/Heino Kalis