Dani Pedrosa was pleased to see Repsol Honda make the necessary improvement to allow him to qualify on the front row at Losail. The championship favourite had lacked pace all weekend but delivered when it mattered to finish third in the new-look qualifying session, a result he put down to the steps made since practice.
“Today we were able to improve a lot and take a front row start for tomorrow. It is important to start high up the grid whenever you can, because there are some very fast riders up against us. We still need to improve a few things with the bike and I hope that we can have a good race. The key will be to choose a good tyre compound and find a strong pace”.
Teammate Marc Marquez was unable to match his electric pace in practice and will start sixth and the Moto2 champion put his drop-off down to rookie mistakes when the pressure was on.
“Today was my first MotoGP qualifying session and the first time that we’d had the short 15 minute run, but the result was what we had expected. I still need a bit of explosivity and to push hard from the start. We got the sixth fastest time, as on the opening two fast laps I made mistakes and we lost some thousandths of a second. That is something that we have to improve. We still have the warm up tomorrow, in which we need to continue working on our pace and from there, we need to choose the best tyre for the race. The important thing will be to make a good start and see what happens”.