Pedrosa Impressive Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Nicky Hayden delivered impressive qualifying performances at sun-blessed Jerez today, Pedrosa going second quickest, Hayden just a fraction of a second behind his team-mate in fourth. That...
Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Nicky Hayden delivered impressive qualifying performances at sun-blessed Jerez today, Pedrosa going second quickest, Hayden just a fraction of a second behind his team-mate in fourth. That session backed up similarly strong showings during free practice.
Urged on by the vast and boisterous Jerez crowd, Pedrosa kept trying to the very end, completing qualifying just behind fellow Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo. Pedrosa, who finished second here last year, was delighted with his qualifying pace but still has some fine-tuning to do on his race setup. Hayden ended the day a tantalising 0.107 seconds off the front row. The American is now running both his RC212Vs with the latest chassis and will be working hard in warm-up to find that last bit of pace to allow him to battle up front.
Dani Pedrosa, second fastest, 1m 38.789s
"I'm happy with today's result, because we have made a big improvement to our performance on qualifying tyres. I didn't really expect to be as high as second, but I'm happy because this is a tight track, so it's particularly important to start from the front row. Looking at the race, we still need to make a few improvements, working to get the best compromise from the chassis and the tyres. We haven't yet made our final decision on race tyres but the situation is quite clear for us, so everything is fine. Tomorrow the atmosphere at Jerez will be fantastic, with maybe more than 130,000 fans watching the race. We know the race will be difficult because there are many fast riders here. We will just try and get a good start and make the most of that."
Nicky Hayden, fourth fastest, 1m 39.061s
"We've made a bit of progress, but this afternoon a lot of guys went quicker and we didn't quite have the feeling I was looking for to get the rhythm I need to be dangerous tomorrow. Definitely need to try to step it up in warm-up; me, the bike, everything's going to need more speed if we want to be up there. It's mainly getting the front working better over the bumps, though the bike/tyre combination's not so bad. Qualifying, I wasn't thrilled with my lap, I felt the bike had a bit more potential. I used a different front tyre than I've used in the past and maybe in these hot conditions it wasn't ideal. The Michelin rear qualifier was really good today and definitely had more in it, so big thanks to Michelin. I'm looking forward to the race. Jerez is always unbelievable experience and I'm sure tomorrow's going to be no different. Man, I just want to be up there and experience it."
Kazuhiko Yamano - Team Manager
"Both riders are doing a great job here, moving forward step by step by step. They have consistently improved session by session, so the overall team situation is good. Both Dani and Nicky have done long runs on race tyres today and seem happy with their race tyre choice -- Michelin has supplied very good tyres here. Dani has made only small suspension setup changes today, while Nicky now has both bikes fitted with the new chassis and is happy. I think both riders have a good chance tomorrow but the race will be very difficult, there are many strong riders out there with a very high potential. My thanks to the riders, the mechanics and everyone in the team, they are all doing an excellent job here."