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Pedrosa surprised by 14th MotoGP career pole

Pedrosa surprised by 14th MotoGP career pole

The Repsol Honda rider will lead from the front at the start of Sunday’s race at Jerez, and whilst delighted to have pleased his home fans he is concentrating on further improvements from his factory RC212V.

A fine display from Dani Pedrosa on Saturday afternoon secured the Repsol Honda rider pole position for Sunday’s Gran Premio bwin de España, and sent his home crowd into ecstatic celebrations at the Jerez circuit.

Maintaining a level head over his second pole at the circuit in the premier class, not even a gap of 0.285s to nearest rival Jorge Lorenzo would allow Pedrosa to get carried away with his qualifying result.

It is the 14th MotoGP pole position of the 24 year-old’s career, making him the Spanish rider with the most number of starts from position number one on the grid in the premier class.

“It’s always nice to get pole position and especially here because it is my home race and the support from the fans is amazing, so I’m very happy for them,” said Pedrosa. “I really didn’t expect this pole to be honest, but I was pushing very hard so I’m very pleased about it.”

Of more importance for the Spanish rider is that he manages to get more out of his factory RC212V, which is already showing good signs of progress as displayed by his pole position. Pedrosa is pleased with how his chassis is responding, but believes there is still plenty more work to be done.

He continued: “Actually though, it (pole position) is not so significant for me because the important thing is the performance in the race and we still need to work very hard on this area. The new frame is delivering some improvements but we’re still not all the way there and we must continue to work on the stability because this is very important in order to be competitive over race distance. Our rivals are also showing a lot of potential so we can’t relax in any way because this will be a long, tough race.”

“Obviously I will start the race thinking about the win, and I know there will be a lot of fans out there cheering for me so I hope we can give them something special,” he concluded.

On the other side of the Repsol Honda garage, Andrea Dovizioso felt he had missed a chance to qualify on the second row after finishing the session in ninth. He will be pushing to follow up his impressive podium finish in the season opener in Qatar.

“I actually think we could have made it onto the second row today so I’m a little disappointed with the result this afternoon because it can be very important to start from the first two rows,” he said. “Starting from the third row it will be important to make a good getaway and stay glued to the front riders because this is key to having a good race - as we saw in Qatar.”

MotoGP, 2010, GRAN PREMIO bwin DE ESPAÑA, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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