Championship leader and Honda rider Dani Pedrosa took pole position for Sunday's Catalunya Grand Prix at Barcelona. The 27-year-old failed to make the podium in the season opener in Qatar but has since finished in the top three in the next four races, winning on two occasions.

The Spaniard finished second after losing top spot to Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo at Mugello earlier this month.

Dani Pedrosa

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Pedrosa dominated the qualifying session with a time of 1:40:893, which saw him comfortably clinch the second pole of this season. Tech 3 rider Cal Crutchlow continued his impressive form to qualify second. The British star cruised ahead of the defending MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo in the eighth lap, leading the Yamaha rider by 0.065 seconds.

The Honda rider will be looking to extend his lead at the top with his third win of this season.

Catalunya Grand Prix

Gresini rider Alvaro Bautista was fourth, Ducati rider Nicky Hayden fifth and Marc Marquez came in sixth. Nine-times world champion Valentino Rossi failed to impress once again, and starts Sunday's race in seventh place. Also in the top 10 are Andrea Dovizioso and Stefan Bradl.

Meanwhile, British youngster and Tech 3 rider Bradley Smith was 11th, clocking a time of 1:42:548.

Top 10 MotoGP qualifying times from Barcelona:

1. Dani Pedrosa (Spa) Repsol Honda 1:40:893

2. Cal Crutchlow (GB) Tech 3 Yamaha 1:41:501

3. Jorge Lorenzo (Spa) Yamaha 1:41:566

4. Alvaro Bautista (Spa) Gresini Honda 1:41:714

5. Nicky Hayden (US) Ducati 1:41:800

6. Marc Marquez (Spa) Repsol Honda 1:41:842

7. Valentino Rossi (Ita) Yamaha 1:41:959

8. Andrea Iannone (Ita) Pramac Ducati 1:41:963

9. Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Ducati 1:42:053

10. Stefan Bradl (Ger) LCR Honda 1:42:090