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Pedrosa and Hayden pinpoint final section qualifying weakness

Pedrosa and Hayden pinpoint final section qualifying weakness

The final section of the Sachsenring circuit presented problems for both Repsol Honda riders in qualifying.

Dani Pedrosa recorded the second fastest time in qualifying for the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, but both he and Nicky Hayden recognised that vital time was lost on the final section of the Sachsenring circuit.

Dani Pedrosa – Second

`Today went quite well for us, so I´m happy with my second position on the grid. I didn´t expect to achieve this result because we were using up the qualifying tyres in the last section of the track. Starting from the front row is especially important at this track because it´s so tight, especially the first section. All in all, it was a good session. We improved the chassis set-up so the bike is giving me a better feeling. We have met the first target of starting from the front row, so I am quite confident for tomorrow, but we still need to make some more adjustments to further improve our race pace. Once again the big question is the weather, the forecast still says there´s a chance of rain tomorrow, so we will have to see what happens.´

Nicky Hayden – Eighth

`This morning we made a bit of an improvement and I was able to improve my lap time even though the track wasn´t so good, so I was quite excited, I thought we had a good chance in qualifying. At the start of qualifying I was going decent on some pretty used tyres that by the end had race distance on them, so I felt pretty good. But the qualifiers didn´t go as we wanted. We had an issue with a front wheel sensor when I went out on my third qualifier, so we had to come in and change the sensor, which lost us some time and some rhythm. Basically we didn´t get it done. On qualifiers my T1 and T2 times were really good but T3 and T4 weren't so good. It seems like maybe we were a little soft on the front suspension or we´ve improved the rear so much that maybe it´s overworking the front tyre. Looking at tomorrow, I´ve gotten some good starts this year, we´re right in the middle of the third row, so I´m sure there´s going to be plenty of drama, plenty of action. I feel like we´ve got a decent pace, so the race should be okay.´

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, Dani Pedrosa, Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda Team

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