Pedrosa breaks Rossi's record to claim Valencia pole

    Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa will start the final race of the 2012 season in pole position after topping qualifying.

    Story highlights

    • Spanish motorcyclist Dani Pedrosa wins pole at final race of MotoGP season
    • Honda rider breaks Valentino Rossi's lap record at Valencia circuit
    • He heads the front row from world champion Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner
    • Stoner, the 2011 world champion, will retire from the sport after Sunday's race
    Dani Pedrosa may have missed out on the MotoGP world title yet again, but the Spanish motorcycle star is determined to finish the 2012 season on a high note at one of his favorite tracks on Sunday.
    The Honda rider smashed Valentino Rossi's lap record at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia on Saturday to claim pole position for the final race.
    He clocked one minute 30.844 seconds near the end of the session to head off compatriot Jorge Lorenzo, who clinched his second world title for Yamaha at the penultimate race in Australia last month.
    Last year's world champion Casey Stoner, who won at Phillip Island, will complete the front row in his final race for Honda before retiring.
    "It was almost a perfect lap and I gave 100% because I knew I wouldn't be able to improve any more as the tires were very good for the first lap and then the drop in grip was quite severe," said Pedrosa, who will finish second in the championship for the third time since stepping up to the elite class in 2006.
    The 27-year-old has won five times at the circuit in MotoGP's three divisions.