Australian GP: Repsol Honda qualifying report

Fortunately, the rain that fell yesterday gave way to a sunny but cool day that helped the second day of practice for the Australian GP to take place under normal conditions. But the lower temperature recorded in the morning caused many falls in...

Fortunately, the rain that fell yesterday gave way to a sunny but cool day that helped the second day of practice for the Australian GP to take place under normal conditions. But the lower temperature recorded in the morning caused many falls in the three categories.

In the afternoon there was another exciting MotoGP classification session in which several riders, among them the two from the Repsol Honda Team, fought for the pole position. In the morning, Nicky Hayden had already warned the others that he was ready to fight for first place by setting the best time in the third free practice session. Dani Pedrosa, with some problems on his motorbike" set up, finished further back in 10th position obviously in need of some improvements if he was to be competitive in the definitive classification session.

In the afternoon, both Hayden and Pedrosa fought with Stoner, Lorenzo, and Rossi to set the best lap time, and although at one moment they occupied the first two positions after mounting their classification tyres, in the end Hayden had to make do with third position - that is on the first row - and Pedrosa with 6th - on the second row.

Dani Pedrosa >> 1'29.277 secs, 55 laps, 245 Km.

"Tomorrow I will take the start from the second row -- it's important to be close to the front of the grid for this race, so you can get away with the leaders. The Bridgestone qualifying tyres worked very well in this afternoon's qualifying session but I couldn't exploit their potential to the maximum.

"We struggled a bit this morning because conditions were pretty cold, then everything improved this afternoon with warmer track temperatures All in all, it was a positive day, I have a good race pace, which is most important, and I'm feeling quite confident for the race. Tomorrow it will important to have a good start, the first laps will be crucial. Tyres consistency will be determined but it is also very physical race."

Nicky Hayden >> 1'28.756 secs, 53 laps, 236 Km.

"The front row is always really important and I'm happy to there, but to be honest I'm a bit disappointed. I've had a couple of poles here before, and today another one certainly wasn't out of the question, there was less than a tenth in it.

"I would really liked to have been on pole, the season's on its way out, so it would be nice to have salvaged one of them. But we have been competitive all weekend, fastest this morning and in the rain yesterday, so we're not too far away. I know the race isn't going to be easy, we need to sweeten up the bike to see if we can get some more traction, also the rider's going to have to get it together a little better. The team is doing a great job here, everyone at Repsol Honda is working hard and the Michelin tyres seem to be good. I'll try to get in there tomorrow and not let these guys get away from me."

-credit: repsol

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Nicky Hayden , Dani Pedrosa
Teams Repsol Honda Team