Pedrosa edges teammate Stoner for French MotoGP pole
May 19, 2012 -- Updated 1738 GMT (0138 HKT)
Dani Pedrosa lifts the front wheel of his Repsol Honda during Saturday's MotoGP qualifying action at Le Mans.
- Dani Pedrosa claims pole for the French MotGP
- Spaniard edges out Honda teammate Casey Stoner at Le Mans
- Title challenger Jorge Lorenzo on second row
- Italian legend Valentino Rossi seventh fastest on the Ducati
(CNN) -- Dani Pedrosa edged out world champion Casey Stoner to take pole for the French MotoGP Saturday.
Pedrosa was 0.303 seconds faster than his Honda teammate and the pair were the only two riders under the one minute 34 seconds mark at Le Mans.
Spain's Pedrosa broke his collarbone last season -- leaving him to miss several races -- but he was back to his best in a qualifying session which started in wet conditions and ended in the dry.
It was his 20th MotoGP pole and he will be looking for his 16th victory Sunday.
Italian Andrea Dovizioso was third fastest to join them on the front row on his Yamaha.
Stoner shocks MotoGP with quit decision
He relegated the works Yamaha pair of 2010 world champion Jorge Lorenzo and American Ben Spies onto the second row of the grid.
Lorenzo and Spies are separated by Britain's Cal Crutchlow, again impressing on his Yamaha.
Italian legend Valentino Rossi produced his best qualifying performance of the season for seventh for Ducati.
Rossi said this week he will continue racing for at least another season and is favored to replace Stoner when the Australian retires at the end of the season.
Stoner made the shock announcement of his intentions earlier this week. He is leading this year's title race from Lorenzo and Pedrosa.
Today's five most popular stories
Part of complete coverage on
Track the buzz of the 2014 Formula One season, race by race, with all the latest social reaction from motorsport experts.
November 7, 2014 -- Updated 1714 GMT (0114 HKT)
Glitz... check, glamor... check. Teams going bust... er, check. F1 generates billion-dollar revenues, so why can't some of its teams stay afloat?
November 7, 2014 -- Updated 1814 GMT (0214 HKT)
With the sport currently facing up to a financial crisis, motorsport journalist Ed Foster explores the history of F1 sponsorship.
October 21, 2014 -- Updated 0958 GMT (1758 HKT)
He's paid millions to drive one of the world's fastest cars, and he's one of F1's most colorful characters, but Kimi Raikkonen loves normality.
October 12, 2014 -- Updated 1745 GMT (0145 HKT)
It took a little longer than expected but MotoGP's young star Marc Marquez wraps up his second world title in Japan.
October 9, 2014 -- Updated 1039 GMT (1839 HKT)
Rising star Daniil Kvyat made history as the home hero at F1's first Russian Grand Prix, ahead of next season's move to Red Bull.
September 19, 2014 -- Updated 1358 GMT (2158 HKT)
Take the fittest driver in Formula One and test him against two of the world's leading triathletes in a high-performance laboratory.
September 5, 2014 -- Updated 1604 GMT (0004 HKT)
Mercedes has the fastest two cars in Formula One this season but there is just one problem -- there can only be one world champion.
He's the best of the rest -- Daniel Ricciardo has been Formula One's surprise package in the first half of the 2014 season.
July 24, 2014 -- Updated 1135 GMT (1935 HKT)
Formula One is not likely to go hungry in Hungary as master chefs cater in volume for drivers, teams and VIP guests.
July 3, 2014 -- Updated 1443 GMT (2243 HKT)
It's the elephant in the room of Formula One. What's the prognosis legendary driver Michael Schumacher?
May 23, 2014 -- Updated 2310 GMT (0710 HKT)
It stimulates all five senses, creating an unparalleled experience for drivers and fans alike. Take a tour of Monaco with Mark Webber.