Dani Pedrosa will start tomorrow's MotoGP race in Indianapolis from the front of the grid after a dramatic day of qualifying.

Currently second in the overall standings, the Spaniard benefited from Casey Stoner, Ben Spies and Nicky Hayden all getting tangled up in crashes to set a fastest time of one minute 38.813 seconds.

Reigning world champion Stoner, in his farewell season, fell to the ground at turn 13 and was initially thought to have broken his ankle.

That was downgraded to ligament damage, though, and his time was the sixth fastest.

Spies also took a tumble, his accident stopping a lap that looked quick enough to earn him pole. He was able to return to the track, unlike Stoner, and finished fourth.

Hayden was knocked unconscious by his fall, although he regained consciousness and left the course unaided and in eighth place.

Tournament leader Jorge Lorenzo will start behind Pedrosa in second, with Andrea Dovizioso third. Stefan Bradl was fifth and Cal Crutchlow eighth.