Pole for Pedrosa and third row for Rea in San Marino

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa scored his 4th pole of 2012 in a hectic Qualifying session for tomorrow's San Marino Grand Prix.

Pedrosa squeezed out Jorge Lorenzo by 0.018s to steal pole on his final flying lap of the 60 minute session, during which both sides of the Repsol Honda garage worked non-stop to make up for lost time caused by bad weather yesterday and in this morning's FP3.

Pedrosa’s teammate, Jonathan Rea, taking part in his first MotoGP race weekend, progressed throughout the session and will start from 9th position alongside Ben Spies and Andrea Dovizioso.

Dani Pedrosa

"It was a pretty tight session and no time to rest as we had to test the tyres, suspension and find some settings, as well as finding some feeling for myself! At the end we managed a good lap to take pole, which is very important, as the first part of the circuit is very tight, so a good start is necessary. The setting on the bike is good so I hope to have a good race tomorrow."

Jonathan Rea

"I woke up this morning pretty stressed after yesterday's missed sessions and then FP3 was also pretty useless so I've got to be happy with a 3rd row start and my goal was top 10. I'm learning something on every single run and the team did a great job on translating my feedback to give me good settings on the bike. I'm taking things step-by-step and the limit is still quite a way off, but I don't really want to find that limit just yet, I'm taking my time. I know tomorrow's race is going to be tough, I just want go out, give my best and have a clean race. I'm pretty nervous but when the lights go out I'll be in race mode and we' ll see what happens."

Press release courtesy of Repsol Honda Team.

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