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Rossi on course for 100th MotoGP victory

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  • Valentino Rossi claims pole position for Saturday's Dutch MotoGP at Assen
  • Dani Pedrosa was second quickest despite being hampered by a hip problem
  • Italian Rossi will be attempting to secure his 100th career victory this weekend
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(CNN) -- Valentino Rossi claimed pole position for Saturday's Dutch MotoGP at Assen as the Italian bids to record his 100th career race victory.

Rossi is hoping to celebrate his 100th MotoGP victory at Assen, Netherlands this weekend.

Rossi is hoping to celebrate his 100th MotoGP victory at Assen, Netherlands this weekend.

The Fiat Yamaha rider and defending world champion, who is tied at the top of the current points standings with Jorge Lorenzo and Ducati Marlboro's Casey Stoner, left it late in the qualifying session before claiming pole with a lap time of one minute 36.025 seconds.

Dani Pedrosa was second quickest on his Honda despite still being hampered by a hip injury.

Third on the grid is Rossi's team-mate Lorenzo, who will be looking to bounce back after the Italian won a thrilling duel between the two of them at the last GP in Spain. Lorenzo was leading on the last lap when Rossi forced his way to the front at the Catalunya circuit near Barcelona.

Lorenzo became the only rider to qualify for every race of the MotoGP season so far on the front row after his best time relegated Stoner to fourth on the grid.

Veteran Colin Edwards had led the session but was eventually relegated to fifth on the grid on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha as the times fell rapidly in the closing minutes.

Rizla Suzuki rider Loris Capirossi was sixth fastest and his team-mate Chris Vermeulen was next. Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda), James Toseland (Monster Tech 3 Yamaha) and Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda) rounded out the top 10.

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