Pedrosa 2nd and Stoner 5th in thrilling QP in Jerez
Qualifying at the Jerez circuit was the first dry session of the weekend and the Repsol Honda riders wasted no time on setting up their RC213V machines.
Fastest times were exchanged throughout the beginning of the session but after 30 minutes the threat of rain appeared again. Only a few drops fell and both Dani and Casey were able to continue their preparation and push for the fastest time. In the final five minutes it became a two-man battle with Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo taking pole and Dani following close behind just 0.135 off Lorenzo's time. Casey missed the front row by just 0.014 of a second and will start from fifth position.
In the past six years, Dani has always started from 1st or 2nd on the grid at Jerez (1st - 2007 and 2010, 2nd - 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012).
Dani Pedrosa, 2nd 1'39.667
"It's been a really good qualifying session. It was very difficult to know how much to push because there were some wet spots and it was easy to make mistakes. Also after so many laps with wet tyres in the free practices, when you put on the slicks it's like another bike but you have no time to waste to find a good lap time. So I'm quite impressed with the time and very happy to be on the front row. We've been riding well here in Jerez at the test and also during all the practice sessions this weekend, both in the dry and wet, but tomorrow we have to be ready for a tough race in any conditions and I want to have a good race here in front of my fans".
Casey Stoner, 5th 1'40.577
"Qualifying didn't go so well, conditions have been terrible all weekend, from half dry tracks to fully wet so we haven't really been able to get any form of set up on the bike. It's a little bit disappointing, we had hoped to be on the front row but with conditions like this I wasn't really willing to push. There were a lot of people falling off and the wet patches that were there were incredibly slippery. With this said, there is still half a second that I am accountable for and can't blame the track, we're just a little bit off with our settings so we have some work to do tonight. We're not really sure what to expect until we see the weather tomorrow and this makes things pretty difficult".