Pedrosa On Front Row Dani Pedrosa today fired his Repsol Honda RC212V onto the front row of the grid for tomorrow's Grand Prix of the Czech Republic while his team-mate, Andrea Dovizioso, will start directly behind Pedrosa after the Italian ...
Pedrosa On Front Row
Dani Pedrosa today fired his Repsol Honda RC212V onto the front row of the grid for tomorrow's Grand Prix of the Czech Republic while his team-mate, Andrea Dovizioso, will start directly behind Pedrosa after the Italian finished in sixth position in this afternoon's qualifying session at the beautiful Brno circuit.
With unbroken sunshine once again providing a welcome contrast to the erratic weather at the previous race in Britain, the Repsol Honda riders were able to take maximum advantage of two dry sessions today to hone their machine set-ups ahead of tomorrow's 22-lap race.
Pedrosa looked menacingly quick in the morning practice and finished in a close second place, just 0.131s from the fastest time. He was quickest early in the afternoon session, setting a best lap of 1m56.528s which was well inside the circuit race lap record. Traffic in the final moments of qualifying when the riders traditionally set there quickest time prevented Pedrosa from challenging for pole position, but the Spaniard was satisfied to get on the front row and give himself an excellent chance of a clean getaway tomorrow.
Dovizioso's sixth place this afternoon saw him move to within a second of the pole position time and translates into a second row start. After his maiden MotoGP victory at the last race, Dovizioso was hoping to be a little closer to pole today but riding with the new swing-arm in his RC212V he made significant progress this afternoon to bring his lap time down to 1m 57.108s, which was also inside the existing lap record of 1m57.199s. With more improvements in the 20-minute warm-up tomorrow, Dovizioso will be intent on getting away with the leaders when the lights go out.
Pole position today was taken by Valentino Rossi followed by Jorge Lorenzo, Pedrosa and then the Gresini Honda of Toni Elias in fourth. Tomorrow's race, which again promises a close battle at the front, begins at 14.00 local time.
"I'm happy enough with today because we're on the front row and that's the most important thing to achieve in qualifying. I think I could have gone even quicker at the end of the session, but on my final run lap I had a lot of traffic and I had to do two slow laps until I found a clear track. Still, I think we had some more potential to go faster so this is positive. For tomorrow we still have to improve the set-up and achieve a little more consistency in our lap times so that I can run at the front. I like this circuit and I've had some good results here previously, so I hope I can make a quick start and fight for the win tomorrow."
"During the qualifying session we improved the race pace and reduced the gap to the leaders by about four tenths, so this is a positive move. We were further away than that yesterday and this morning so we're going in the right direction. We are still need to go quicker if we want to fight for the lead in the race tomorrow so me and the engineers will be working on a few set-up areas that will, hopefully, give us an extra edge and allow us to compete at the front. In terms of the tyre choice we'll be going for the hard compound Bridgestones. There's only a small difference between the compounds but the hard tyre is the choice - no question. We'll aim to get the most of the warm-up session and give it everything in the race."
KAZUHIKO YAMANO - REPSOL HONDA TEAM MANAGER
"Our positions after qualifying - on the front and the second rows - are fine and both Dani and Andrea have the chance to get to the front at the beginning of tomorrow's race. We have many options here with regard to set-up and the crews will be working this evening to make the final adjustments, which we will test further in the warm-up tomorrow morning. The Repsol Honda Team is working well and our only target is to win. I know both riders will be fighting for that result in the race."
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