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Repsol Honda riders both qualify in top ten

Repsol Honda riders both qualify in top ten

Dani Pedrosa and Nicky Hayden fought hard in a tough qualifying session in China to qualify in the top ten for Sunday´s Chinese contest.

Dani Pedrosa, who had been just five hundredths of a second off the fastest time during free practice, will start Sunday´s Pramac Grand Prix of China from the second row of the grid, while his American team-mate is on row four.

Dani Pedrosa - 5th

`We improved from the morning to the afternoon session. We were lapping at a good pace on race tyres but unfortunately we couldn´t improve as much as we usually do with qualifying tyres, it seemed like we lacked a bit of grip. I don´t know why, but a lot of riders crashed during this afternoon´s qualifying session. All things considered, starting from the second row tomorrow is not so bad. If it´s dry for the race we need to improve our rhythm a bit. I hope we will be able to have a dry race because according to the latest weather forecasts it may rain tomorrow. In that case we will only have 20 minutes to prepare our settings for the wet.´

Nicky Hayden - 10th

`Qualifying didn´t go to plan, really. It was okay in the beginning, we were quite up front on race tyres. With my first qualifier I went to first place for a second, then with my second qualifier I just had an easy front push in turn 11 and down I went. I had a pretty good lap going but just didn´t get it down. The track is so long and so big it took me forever to get back to the pits, a little bit walking, a little bit scooter. Then I just got out on the other bike and did one run and didn´t get the chance to improve my time.´

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, PRAMAC GRAND PRIX OF CHINA

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