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Rossi defies rain to snatch Sachsenring pole

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  • Valentino Rossi claims his first pole position on the Sachsenring circuit
  • World MotoGP leader edges out teammate Jorge Lorenzo with his final lap
  • Australia's Casey Stoner qualifies third fastest for Sunday's German Grand Prix
  • Nicky Hayden fourth despite being one of six riders to crash in qualifying
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(CNN) -- World MotoGP championship leader Valentino Rossi claimed his first pole position on the Sachsenring circuit to head the starting grid for Sunday's German Grand Prix.

World champion Valentino Rossi will seek to extend his championship lead in Sunday's German Grand Prix.

World champion Valentino Rossi will seek to extend his championship lead in Sunday's German Grand Prix.

The Italian snatched the leading time from Fiat Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo as he clocked one minute 32.520 seconds in his last-gasp final lap in wet conditions.

The duo will share the front row for the sixth time this season, with Lorenzo - who trails world champion Rossi by nine points in the title standings - finishing 0.640 seconds off the pace.

Former world champion Casey Stoner, who is third overall 16 points behind Rossi, qualified third fastest.

His Ducati teammate Nicky Hayden, another previous world champion, took fourth place on the grid.

The American was one of six riders to crash in the testing conditions, with Marco Melandri, Toni Elias, Randy de Puniet, Alex de Angelis and Niccolo Canepa also suffering falls on Saturday afternoon.

De Angelis ended up fifth fastest ahead of France's de Puniet, with American Colin Edwards seventh on a Yamaha.

Spain's Dani Pedrosa, who won from Rossi last time out in California, could manage only eighth for Honda Repsol.

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