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Front two rows for Repsol Honda trio

Front two rows for Repsol Honda trio

The three Repsol Honda’s will start tomorrow’s bwin Grande Prémio de Portugal from the front two rows of the grid in Estoril. Dani Pedrosa will start on the front row in third, with Casey Stoner and Andrea Dovizioso starting in fourth and sixth on the second row.

Second placed rider in the MotoGP World Championsip, Pedrosa was content with his efforts after qualifying and is aiming for consistency in the race. The Spaniard knows the physical demands of a long race will be tough after his shoulder operation but will be hoping to match the pace set by pole sitter, Jorge Lorenzo. Former World Champion, Stoner, didn’t have the best qualifying sessions after admitting to making a few errors during the hour long session. The Australian also revealed that the morning’s final practice session was not particularly useful to him, as they concentrated on a wet setting, where as qualifying was held in dry conditions. Dovizioso was happy with his spot on the second row after modifications to the stability of the front end of his bike and is hoping for dry running in tomorrow’s warm up to fix a few issues.

Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda

"I'm very satisfied with this front row today. It was a very close session as it always is in this circuit and our main target this afternoon was to be on the front row, so I'm happy about this. For tomorrow, we will try to set up our bike a bit better for the race distance. I know that physically it will be tough for me because after the recent surgery, my shoulder has improved a little, but it is still very stiff and the muscles hurt. Anyway, I hope to be able to stay with Lorenzo because for sure he will be consistent and that will be one of the key points in the race. The weather is nothing that we can change, so we will also need to be ready to do our best in any conditions.”

Casey Stoner, Repsol Honda

"Today hasn't really been that great for us either, this morning's session was pretty much a waste of time. We were just working on our wet setting that we weren't really happy with in Jerez. We improved that situation a little and we can hopefully expect a better feeling next time in wet conditions. This afternoon, we continued from yesterday trying to find a better balance under braking and mid-turn corner speed, but it wasn't until the middle/end of session, that we started to make some improvements with the bike. Every time I went out the balance didn't feel correct, so we tried to go in another direction. Unfortunately I wasn't able to use the qualifying tyre like I wanted to. When I went out there with the only new tyre that we had for the session, I made a few mistakes in the early laps, so didn't really use the best of the tyre. I think the race potential is there now and hopefully we can have a good race tomorrow.”

Andrea Dovizioso, Repsol Honda

“It was important to start from a good position, so I’m happy to start from the second row tomorrow. We worked on the setting and stability in the front which improved, so I could push more this afternoon, compared with yesterday. I rode quite consistently but I wasn’t able to gain more tenths and lap under 1’38”. We have two points we would like to work on tomorrow, so I hope that the track conditions are fine during the warm up. Today’s result gives us more confidence for the race, after a difficult session yesterday.”

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MotoGP, 2011, bwin GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL, Dani Pedrosa, Andrea Dovizioso, Casey Stoner, Repsol Honda Team

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