Repsol Honda enjoyed another successful day with Dani Pedrosa beating Jorge Lorenzo to pole position. Pedrosa edged out his fellow countryman by just 0.018s after a hectic qualifying hour which followed three wet practice sessions and Dani was delighted to come out on top.
“It was a pretty tight session and no time to rest as we had to test the tyres, suspension and find some settings, as well as finding some feeling for myself! At the end we managed a good lap to take pole, which is very important as the first part of the circuit is very tight, so a good start is necessary. The setting on the bike is good so I hope to have a good race tomorrow. Thanks to all my team, we did a very good job in a very short time after a strange weekend due to the weather conditions, but we remained focused to have a good qualifying session and be ready for tomorrow’s race”.
Teammate Jonathan Rea put in an excellent performance in his first ever MotoGP qualifying session to finish ninth, ahead of three prototype Ducatis and the Ulsterman is revelling the experience.
“I woke up this morning pretty stressed after yesterday’s missed sessions and then FP3 was also pretty useless so I’ve got to be happy with a 3rd row start and my goal was top 10. I’m learning something on every single run and the team did a great job on translating my feedback to give me good settings on the bike. I’m taking things step-by-step and the limit is still quite a way off, but I don’t really want to find that limit just yet, I’m taking my time. I want to thank Repsol Honda for this opportunity, I’m really enjoying the experience and don’t want it to end! I know tomorrow’s race is going to be tough, I just want go out, give my best and have a clean race. I’m pretty nervous but when the lights go out I’ll be in race mode and we’ll see what happens”.