San Marino GP: Repsol Honda qualifying report

Pedrosa On Row Two, Hayden 16th Repsol Honda RC212V rider Dani Pedrosa recorded sixth fastest time at Misano this afternoon to put himself on the second row of the grid for tomorrow's San Marino Grand Prix, the 13th event of the 2008 MotoGP...

Pedrosa On Row Two, Hayden 16th

Repsol Honda RC212V rider Dani Pedrosa recorded sixth fastest time at Misano this afternoon to put himself on the second row of the grid for tomorrow's San Marino Grand Prix, the 13th event of the 2008 MotoGP World Championship. Team-mate Nicky Hayden, coming back from injury, was 16th fastest in the sweltering conditions, which had track temperature nudging 50 degrees.

Pedrosa was satisfied with his performance, because it suggests he is getting back up to speed following the injuries he suffered in July's German GP and the difficult weekend he had at Brno a fortnight a go. The Spaniard spent much of today fine-tuning his RCV's suspension, including a revised Showa front fork which improves braking stability.

Hayden, who fell yesterday, is having some front-end issues here and is working hard with his crew in an effort to resolve them for tomorrow's race. The American is riding with two cracked bones in his right heel, which he sustained while practising for a Los Angeles X Games Supermoto event at the start of the month.

Dani Pedrosa, 6th fastest, 1m 34.398s

"I am quite happy because we have improved my lap times and tomorrow I will start from the second row, in the same grid position as last year here. It will be important to make a good start because the first corner is very close to the grid and also quite tricky. I've improved my rhythm and this is really important to me because I am starting to go fast again. We worked a lot on the suspension today, the new fork gives me a positive feeling and it gives smoother performance during braking. I'm feeling very motivated but I still need some time to get back up to full speed."

Nicky Hayden, 16th fastest, 1m 35.584s

"Things haven't gone perfectly smooth here, I'm having a few issues with the front. I was pushing the front quite a lot yesterday, then I crashed and today it's still pushing. When we put in qualifying tyres it just exaggerated the problem, so I've been struggling to find a front tyre I like, though the rear seems to be working pretty good here. Obviously I don't have a very good starting spot and at 28 laps it's going to be a long race. We're going to try a few more ideas in morning warm-up, try to get a good start and try to salvage some kind of result. The heel is okay, not perfect, but I knew it wasn't going to be easy."

Kazuhiko Yamano - Team Manager

"Dani has improved today, his crew have been making small suspension adjustments, so his race pace is coming better, though there's still quite a gap to the top riders. We have some more ideas to make the suspension better in morning warm-up. Nicky is feeling a lot of pain, but he is a racer, so he is trying very hard."

-credit: repsol

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Nicky Hayden , Dani Pedrosa