Second spot on the grid for birthday boy Pedrosa
The qualifying session, the first dry session of the weekend, was intense for the Honda factory Team and resulted in a very good performance from both riders. Dani Pedrosa (1’49.492) starts from the front row for the eleventh time this season and missed the top place by just by 0.088 seconds. The Spaniard managed his timing perfectly in qualifying, securing a fast lap time working with only one bike and one front tyre due to an unexpected crash on his first run, when he lost the front in Turn 12.
Casey Stoner’s stand-in Jonathan Rea meanwhile took full advantage of his experience at this track (where he had a two day test with the Repsol Honda Team three weeks ago) to consistently improve his lap times and finish seventh with a fast lap of 1’50.410, just 1 second off the pole man.
“It’s a very good result for us after all the issues we had! I’m really happy to be on the front row and so close to the pole position. After the crash I had at the beginning of the session – I guess due to cold tyres because I was not pushing at all – we only had one bike left with 50 minutes remaining. I lost some time there and when I went out with the second bike I realised that I had to remain calm because it was the only bike I had for the rest of qualifying and also the only front tyre. At the beginning, I was cautious trying to set a decent lap time and towards the end I just forgot about everything and pushed harder for the front row. We have a good position for the start, I just hope everything goes smoothly and we can have a gr eat race tomorrow in front of the home Spanish crowd”.
Source: Repsol Honda Team