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Pedrosa: "Poor qualifying not down to 2008 crash"

Pedrosa: 'Poor qualifying not down to 2008 crash'

Repsol Honda riders place eighth and eleventh, respectively, in German qualifying.

Dani Pedrosa was confronted by rain at Sachsenring once more for the Saturday run, recording the eighth quickes time of the afternoon session. The Spaniard explained afterwards that this was not due to caution with the memory of his 2008 race fall in mind, whilst teammate Andrea Dovizioso also refused to make excuses.

Dani Pedrosa - 8th

“Qualifying in eighth isn’t ideal, so I’ll be trying to make another good start tomorrow. That’s going to be important here because the first turn is quite close to the start line, plus it’s difficult to overtake at this track. The conditions were quite difficult this afternoon, they were changing all the time and I was struggling to get into a good rhythm. There were a lot of riders crashing out there and I don’t have a lot of experience on this year’s wet tyres because I missed some testing earlier in the season. This was why I wasn’t going so quickly this afternoon. It wasn’t because of my crash in last year’s wet race. It was good that we had a dry practice session this morning and of course I’d prefer a dry race tomorrow. The forecast is not certain so we’ll aim to improve our set-up for both wet and dry conditions.”

Andrea Dovizioso -11th

“The grip levels were quite low this afternoon which meant the machine was sliding a lot - this was the same for everyone of course. We were working on wet settings and the area we primarily need to improve is the stability of the rear on the entry to the corners. This is where the bike was tricky to control in the slippery conditions. It was raining throughout the session and this meant the track was getting increasingly wet. If I had the choice, I’d prefer the less wet conditions from earlier in the session - and ideally fully dry of course. We’ll have to see what the weather does tomorrow, aim to make a fast start and make up some places quickly.”

Tags:
MotoGP, 2009, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, Andrea Dovizioso, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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