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Pedrosa says front row "more important than pole"

Pedrosa says front row 'more important than pole'

Spaniard content with qualifying performance, teammate Dovizioso qualifies fifth in Donington.

Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso had a positive qualifying session for the British Grand Prix, with the former placing second and his Italian colleague fifth. Both are optimistic about their chances of a top result -even if rain falls on Donington Park- and Pedrosa in particular can be content with a front row that he insists was his principal objective.

Dani Pedrosa -2nd

“We did a good job in both sessions today and I’m happy to qualify on the front row because, in reality, that’s more important than taking pole position. On my last run at the end of the qualifying session I found some traffic on the circuit which caused me to lose my concentration and rhythm slightly, so I think I could have gone a little quicker. But still, the middle of the front row is OK. Our dry set-up is nearly there so we’ll aim to make just a few little improvements before the race. The weather is looking changeable for tomorrow, though at least we’ve had some practice time in the wet yesterday. If it’s raining I’d like to improve my riding and my pace a bit but the weather is out of our control so we’ll have to see. It’s the last MotoGP race at Donington tomorrow and of course I’d like a good result to sign off with - preferably a win.”

Andrea Dovizioso -5th

“Starting from the second row is not a bad place to be and gives us a chance to get away at the head of the field so I’m satisfied with that. A fast start tomorrow should give us a good opportunity to have a strong race. Having said that, I really like this track and I was hoping to be in a slightly better situation going into tomorrow both in terms of grid position and race pace. We still need to improve our speed and consistency and there is some work to do to take us closer to the frontrunners and be fully competitive. We need to improve on the entry to the corner and also to work on traction, so we’ll look at the data we collected today and I’m confident my team can help me to make these improvements. It could rain tomorrow too, so we’ll come in ready for anything.”

Tags:
MotoGP, 2009, BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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