FOURTH STRAIGHT POLE FOR STONER, MELANDRI IMPROVES RACE PACE Casey Stoner took his fourth consecutive MotoGP pole position and the fourteenth of his Grand Prix career today, smashing Dani Pedrosa's pole record at the Sachsenring circuit, set in...
FOURTH STRAIGHT POLE FOR STONER, MELANDRI IMPROVES RACE PACE
Casey Stoner took his fourth consecutive MotoGP pole position and the fourteenth of his Grand Prix career today, smashing Dani Pedrosa's pole record at the Sachsenring circuit, set in 2006 on the 990cc machine, by eight tenths of a second. In an exciting climax to this afternoon's hour-long qualifying session the Australian improved his lap time with each of the three qualifying tyres available to him, after again showing impressive form on race tyres.
Marco Melandri was unable to make such good use of his qualifying tyre, meanwhile, although his feeling in race trim has improved and he is looking forward to making up positions in tomorrow's race.
CASEY STONER (Ducati Marlboro Team) 1st: 1'21.067
"Qualifying never used to be a strong point of ours but now we seem to be turning it into one and that is a credit to the team, but also to Bridgestone, who have worked relentlessly on this aspect. We have to be thankful to them for that and to have enjoyed four consecutive pole positions together is fantastic for everybody. It has been a good weekend so far but not perfect because of the crash yesterday, which dented my confidence a little bit. The feeling with the front through that corner was good today though, which means I could get on the attack again today. I was struggling a little bit with the rear spinning up in T4 and I didn't expect my final lap to be enough for pole but we made up enough time in T3 to pull it off and I'm delighted. We have a decision to make on the race tyre depending on the weather because track temperature today was about 15 degrees less than yesterday so the hard compounds we were using just struggled a little bit today. We couldn't do quite the same lap times although I wasn't pushing as hard either, so it would make the decision easier if the sun comes back out tomorrow! We're trying our best to chase down this championship and we'll see if it will be possible."
MARCO MELANDRI (Ducati Marlboro Team) 16th: 1'23.131
"I'm disappointed that I couldn't make more of the qualifying tyre because I think we've taken a good step forward today with the race set-up. If we have a dry race tomorrow I don't think we'll be in bad shape and we could make up some positions, hopefully I'll enjoy myself too. I know that it is never easy to go full race distance here because the track really puts the bike and tyres to the test but I feel much more confident than I have done lately."