Qatar front row start for Pedrosa in 3rd with Marquez on second row in 6th
Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa will start tomorrow’s Qatar GP from 3rd position on the grid, with teammate Marc Marquez in 6th, after an exciting introduction to the new qualifying format.
Yesterday, both riders qualified for the second heat of qualifying – Q2, which is a 15 minute time trial for pole position. They both chose to complete two flying laps, then pit for a new soft rear tyre, before their second attempt at the time attack. With most riders taking the same option, it left heavy traffic on the track which spoiled Dani and Marc’s third flying lap, with their final laps deciding their grid spots.
Warm up will take place tomorrow at 18h00 local time and the 22 lap race will begin at 22h00.
Dani Pedrosa – 3rd – 1’55.151
“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”
Marc Marquez – 6th – 1’55.645
“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”
Source: Repsol Honda Team