PEDROSA FLIES TO MUGELLO POLE POSITION, DOVIZIOSO EIGHTH2010-06-05 02:14
Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa blasted to his second pole position of the 2010 season today as qualifying took place for the Grand Prix of Italy at Mugello. The Spaniard was consistently quick throughout the day and headed the timesheets for long sections of both the morning practice period and qualifying this afternoon - before claiming his 33rd Grand Prix pole in all classes and his 15th since joining MotoGP in 2006.
Pedrosa’s Repsol Honda team-mate will be looking for a lightning start in tomorrow’s race from eight on the grid after struggling to replicate his improved pace from the morning session in the afternoon’s qualifying shoot-out. The 24-year-old Italian remains confident for his home event however after establishing a good race set-up. Dovizioso led last year’s race at Mugello and will be looking for a repeat of that form when the start lights for round four of the MotoGP World Championship go out at 14.00 (GMT +2 hours).
It was an unfortunate day for yesterday’s fastest rider, Valentino Rossi, who broke his leg during a fall in the morning practice and will miss tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix.
DANI PEDROSA – Pole Position – 1m 48.819s
"It’s great to be on pole here and we’ve been working very hard through free practice and in qualifying this afternoon to improve things from yesterday. We have achieved this, so I’m satisfied. Being on the front row is the important thing and we have to keep our concentration because to win the race is the target - we have to make it tomorrow! We were pushing very hard right to the end of the session and we were able to do a good final lap, but the most important factor is that we’ve been able to be consistent too. Lorenzo will be the man to beat tomorrow, but we are confident, the machine is working better here and we are in better shape than at the last race in Le Mans. So tomorrow for the race we hope to maintain our performance right to the end. We still have to improve our race pace a little but I’m feeling very well here, I like this circuit, and I t hink it will be a fun race with a great atmosphere generated by the fans. I didn’t see Rossi’s crash, but what I’ve heard about the injury doesn’t sound good. It’s a pity because all of us riders know how you feel when you are hurt, and I just hope that the operation goes well for him because the first operation is always the most important.”
ANDREA DOVIZIOSO – 8th – 1m 50.065s +1.246s
“This morning we did a good job, improved the performance from yesterday and we finished second on the timesheets. In the afternoon however, the track conditions changed and, even though I pushed very hard, I couldn’t use all the potential of the bike. The gap to Dani and Lorenzo has increased a bit and unfortunately I wasn’t able to use the soft tyre at its best, which means tomorrow we will start from the third row. This is an area where I have to improve because starting in this position makes things more difficult for the race. Anyway I’m still confident for tomorrow. If we can stay with the front group of riders I think we can make a good race. Mugello is a very special place and I’m sure the Italian fans will give me an extra boost for the race. It’s a real shame about Valentino’s injury. It’s always very bad when a rider crashes like thi s and I’m very sorry for him. I wish him a quick recovery and send him all the best.”
TOSHIYUKI YAMAJI - REPSOL HONDA TEAM MANAGER
“Both Dani and Andrea were on the pace today and the Repsol Honda Team is looking in quite good shape after qualifying. Dani was very strong and he’s on pole position for the second time this season, which is encouraging. There are still some adjustments to make to his race set-up but with those made I think he can fight for the victory tomorrow. For Andrea, qualifying didn’t reflect his true pace and I hope that with a good start he can run near the front tomorrow. He was faster this morning but the changing track conditions meant he didn’t get the best out of qualifying. If he can get away with the leaders we’re quite confident about his race pace too.”
Source: Repsol Honda Team
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