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Pedrosa on front row and survives QP scare

Pedrosa on front row and survives QP scare

The Repsol Honda rider had a crash at the end of the qualifying session at the AirAsia British Grand Prix, but will be fit to take his third place on the grid for Sunday’s race.

Dani Pedrosa suffered a nasty fall at the end of the qualifying session at Silverstone on Saturday afternoon in which his RC212V ran over his left leg as he went down at Turn 12, but after being stretchered off trackside and visiting the medical centre nothing more serious than bruising to both his knees was diagnosed and the Spaniard will take third place on the starting grid for Sunday’s race.

“I crashed when I was on my last qualifying lap as I was braking when going into a left hander,” explained the 24 year-old. “I hit some bumps and then the front started to move a lot and then had a little slide. Maybe the bike went over me and at that moment it hurt, but afterwards the pain went away so I’m okay for tomorrow.”

By that stage Pedrosa had already set his lap time of 2’03.586 which left him 0.278s off pole holder and rival Jorge Lorenzo, and was the third fastest time of the session.

“The lap times were getting faster in each session and I think I’m still learning the track - every time you go out you learn more about the line, the braking points and the corners where the bumps are - and that’s normal on a new track,” he explained. “We’re on the front row which is always important for a good getaway, so tomorrow I hope we can have another good performance.”

He added: "We have a good machine setting, so I think we have the potential for a strong race. We still need to decide which of the Bridgestone tyre options we’ll use because tomorrow it looks like it may be warmer than today.”

Tags:
MotoGP, 2010, AIRASIA BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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