M2: San Marino GP: Gresini Racing qualifying report

Team Gresini rider Toni Elias' march to glory remains unstoppable, the Spaniard today overcoming his ongoing physical problems to dominate qualifying practice and secure pole position for the San Marino Grand Prix. After a largely unproductive ...

Team Gresini rider Toni Elias' march to glory remains unstoppable, the Spaniard today overcoming his ongoing physical problems to dominate qualifying practice and secure pole position for the San Marino Grand Prix. After a largely unproductive morning the Spaniard took to the track with great determination this afternoon and set himself up perfectly for another challenge for honours in tomorrow's race.

Toni Elias ( 1st 1' 38" 911) "I'm delighted. I still haven't fully recovered from the virus at Indianapolis and I've been on antibiotics for the last five days. I did everything I could in each session and we have got through our work programme despite a difficult practice this morning. In the afternoon we did a great job and for the second time this season I'm on pole, which is fantastic. I am not Italian but Misano is like a home race for me, the team's headquarters are just a few kilometres away and I'll be doing my very best to win this race."

Tatsuya Yamaguchi (29th 1' 41" 074) "I went a lot better today and improved my lap time. I'm some way back on the grid but tomorrow I'll try to make up positions."

Fausto Gresini "I am really happy to be celebrating a pole position here at Misano, just walking distance from our headquarters. I'm pleased to see that Toni is a little better - I was worried yesterday but he looked on form today. He did an incredible lap time that I never thought would be possible on a Moto2 and it could have been even better but that is good enough! It will be important to get a good start tomorrow and not make mistakes because it is always difficult in the first corner of a Moto2 race. He usually gets away well so hopefully he can do so again starting from pole, which is definitely an advantage."

-source: gresini racing

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Toni Elias