Dani Pedrosa will start the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island tomorrow from third place, despite taking a tumble in qualifying.

“I'm pleased to be on the front row because it's always good to have a clear track ahead of you at the start of the race – and especially since it came after I had quite a big crash in qualifying.” He said

The Repsol Honda rider had just set third fastest time halfway through the hour-long session when he lost control of his bike under braking for turn two.

“It was at high speed on the way into Turn Two so it's a relief that I wasn't injured and I was able go straight back out on track for the second half of the session.” he added, before going on to explain he wasn’t too sure what happened.

“I'm not sure yet why I fell – I just touched the brake and boom – I was down. We'll take a look at the data and try to find out exactly what happened. For tomorrow we'll work on finding a little something in terms of pace to allow us to compete for the win because the riders in front are going quickly. It will be a long race tomorrow so we'll need to be fully concentrated – and of course it will be important to see what the weather does.”