Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso will start tomorrow's Malaysian Grand Prix from the front row of the grid after qualifying in third place at Sepang today. It was a tight session where the top fifteen riders were covered by just 1.4 seconds...
Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso will start tomorrow's Malaysian Grand Prix from the front row of the grid after qualifying in third place at Sepang today. It was a tight session where the top fifteen riders were covered by just 1.4 seconds over a lap of more than two minutes, and Dovizioso did well to take the final place on row one, giving himself a clear run into Sepang's tight first turn when the start lights go out tomorrow at 16.00.
Dovizioso was more than happy with today's result, even though the 24-year-old Italian couldn't repeat his pole position from the last race in Japan. He and his crew have made continued progress with the set-up of the Honda RC212V, especially in the area of electronics, which is allowing Dovizioso to ride with ever-increasing confidence. As well as contesting the race win, Dovizioso's target for tomorrow will be to narrow the 21-point gap in the world championship standings to Casey Stoner, who qualified in fifth place today. Jorge Lorenzo took pole position this afternoon, with Nicky Hayden in second place.
ANDREA DOVIZIOSO -- 3rd -- 2m 01.829s +0.292s
"It's always important to be on the front row - and this was actually more satisfying than the pole position in Japan because the conditions were so extreme today. The level of riders and bikes in MotoGP is so high and so the front row also means we have done a really good job so far this weekend. We have moved things on from where we were in Japan and improved our electronic set-up again - we've found a good direction, which is really positive. I want to say thank you to my team and to HRC for working hard to achieve this. It's going to be a tough race because it's so hot here, but I'm looking forward to it. For tomorrow it's difficult to understand how the race will pan out - we'll have to study the lap times from today to get a feeling for our rivals' performance; qualifying doesn't always give you the real picture of what everyone's race pace will be. In terms of tyre choice, I think it will be the hard option for us."
TOSHIYUKI YAMAJI - REPSOL HONDA TEAM MANAGER
"Andrea and his crew did a good job today to get onto the front row. The team has worked very well to improve Andrea's set-up and machine package step-by-step, and this is giving him even more confidence. We need to find a little bit more consistency in terms of lap times and so we'll make a few small changes for the warm-up session tomorrow. The track conditions suit our package when the temperature is higher so we will have to see what the situation is at the race start time of four-o-clock. Andrea's done a good job from Japan to here and I hope we can have another strong result for the Honda fans again tomorrow."