Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso did well to steer clear of trouble and come through a treacherously wet qualifying session unscathed at the Sachsenring circuit today. With rain lashing the short and technical German track, the Repsol Honda pair...
Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso did well to steer clear of trouble and come through a treacherously wet qualifying session unscathed at the Sachsenring circuit today. With rain lashing the short and technical German track, the Repsol Honda pair secured eight and eleventh places on the grid for tomorrow's race during an hour-long period that saw many riders fall in the tricky conditions. Pedrosa was quick in this morning's dry practice session and was able to better his lap time from yesterday by 0.7s on his way to third place on the timesheets. Continuous rain from lunchtime meant the afternoon was spent focusing on reaching the optimum wet machine settings for the RCV212, and avoiding accidents. Though Pedrosa wasn't satisfied with eighth on the grid, one of his habitual fast starts tomorrow should see him getting away at the front of the race. Andrea Dovizioso will also be looking for a quick getaway from his place at the centre of the fourth row. With times very close in the middle of the pack, the Italian's best lap was less than half a second behind 4th place on the grid, but he too erred on the side of caution as riders fell at an alarming rate this afternoon. While he was hoping for a more advantageous grid slot, Dovizioso is confident that, with some improvements to set-up, he can be competitive in the race. Tomorrow's Grand Prix of Germany marks the halfway point of the 17-race MotoGP season. Following a 20-minute warm-up in the morning, the 30-lap race begins at 14.00.
DANI PEDROSA -- 8th 1m 34.725s
"Qualifying in eighth isn't ideal, so I'll be trying to make another good start tomorrow. That's going to be important here because the first turn is quite close to the start line, plus it's difficult to overtake at this track. The conditions were quite difficult this afternoon, they were changing all the time and I was struggling to get into a good rhythm. There were a lot of riders crashing out there and I don't have a lot of experience on this year's wet tyres because I missed some testing earlier in the season. This was why I wasn't going so quickly this afternoon. It wasn't because of my crash in last year's wet race. It was good that we had a dry practice session this morning and of course I'd prefer a dry race tomorrow. The forecast is not certain so we'll aim to improve our set-up for both wet and dry conditions."
ANDREA DOVIZIOSO -- 11th 1m 34.892s
"The grip levels were quite low this afternoon which meant the machine was sliding a lot - this was the same for everyone of course. We were working on wet settings and the area we primarily need to improve is the stability of the rear on the entry to the corners. This is where the bike was tricky to control in the slippery conditions. It was raining throughout the session and this meant the track was getting increasingly wet. If I had the choice, I'd prefer the less wet conditions from earlier in the session - and ideally fully dry of course. We'll have to see what the weather does tomorrow, aim to make a fast start and make up some places quickly."
KAZUHIKO YAMANO - REPSOL HONDA TEAM MANAGER
"It was an eventful session and Dani and Andrea did well to avoid the problems that some other riders faced. Of course our grid positions are not as far forward as we would have liked and there is still some set-up work that we can do to get the best out of our machine in these slippery conditions. Using the information we collected in today's dry and wet sessions we'll work on this in the warm up and get ready to fight hard in the race tomorrow, whatever the weather sends us."