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Confidence high for pole man Dovizioso

Confidence high for pole man Dovizioso

A first premier class pole delighted the Repsol Honda rider as he underlined his satisfaction with how his factory RC212V is working at Motegi.

Andrea Dovizioso’s consistency throughout the practice sessions was converted into a first MotoGP pole for the Italian on Saturday, as he topped qualifying for the Grand Prix of Japan.

Having been second fastest in the two free practice runs the Repsol Honda rider capitalised on his comfort with his prototype to post a best time of 1’47.001 and secure top spot on the starting grid.

“I’m really happy to be on pole position and also surprised because I didn’t expect to get so close to going under a 1’47” lap here,” explained the thrilled 24 year-old. “This is like my second home race because it’s the home of the team, which makes it even more special to get my first pole position here.”

He continued: “I’m also so happy about the performance of the RC212V. We’ve got the electronics working really well here - the anti-wheelie system in particular - and also the power is very strong which helps a lot.”

Dovizioso is now looking forward to Sunday’s race and feels optimistic ahead of the Round 14 contest.

“We’re looking good for the race because my style is usually not to go at my absolute maximum pace in practice and qualifying, so I’m hopeful for tomorrow,” he stated. “I’d like to say thanks a lot to the team because they are working really well for me. It’s the race tomorrow that really counts though, so we’ll be concentrating hard to make sure we have a strong race.”

Tags:
MotoGP, 2010, GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Andrea Dovizioso, Repsol Honda Team

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