Pedrosa back on front row for San Marino Grand Prix
As he did seven days ago at the Indianapolis Circuit, Casey Stoner broke the Misano Circuit record, held by himself since 2008. The Repsol rider stopped the clock in 1 minute, 33 seconds and 138 thousandths, 120 ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and 180 faster than Dani Pedrosa, who will also start from the first row.
Stoner had already sent a warning during the third free practice where in only 4 laps he rode almost 4 tenths faster than yesterday. The Australian set a time of 1 minute, 33 seconds and 567 thousandths, a register no other rider was able to beat. Pedrosa was the one who got closest — 99 thousandths away — and Andrea Dovizioso repeated yesterday’s sixth place.
In the 60 minutes of the qualifying session, Lorenzo, Stoner and Pedrosa quickly took the initiative again, but the Australian of the Repsol Honda Team repeated his performance of seven days ago in the United States, doing a record lap and setting an astonishing time of 1’33.138, two tenths faster than his own record from 2008.
120 thousandths behind him finished Jorge Lorenzo and the third position went to Dani Pedrosa, who concluded 60 thousandths behind his countryman. The Repsol rider greatly improved his times from yesterday, showing a consistent pace for tomorrow’s race.
Dani Pedrosa FP3 – 1:33.666, 20 laps, 85 km. QP – 1:33.318, 28 laps, 118 km.
“I’m happy with the qualifying session, I spent most of the time working on the tyres, swapping from the soft to the medium compound, trying to find the right one for tomorrow; normally before the qualifying session you have almost decided, but here it’s been more difficult because of the weather and track conditions.
We were working on that a lot this afternoon and in the last couple of laps I was pushing to be on the front row. We’ve made it, which is very important here because the first corners are very tight, and the times between the three of us are very close, so that’s positive.
For race pace, Casey [Stoner] and Jorge [Lorenzo] are still slightly faster than me, but we will look for something more on the settings tonight and try to be with them tomorrow for whole race”.
Source: Repsol Media