Pedrosa left to lament early slip-up

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Dani Pedrosa will start Sunday’s Gran Premio Iveco de Aragón from second place, having missed pole position to title rival Jorge Lorenzo by just eight hundredths of a second. The Repsol Honda Team rider, who had topped the last practice session, could only regret a fall which came only five minutes into the hour-long qualifying period.

Initially, onlookers were concerned to see Pedrosa laying in the middle of the circuit at Turn 12, but the Sabadell rider was able to walk away from the moment unharmed. Other fallers included Avintia Blusens’ Yonny Hernández and Ducati Team riders Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden.

"It was hard in the beginning because I actually wanted to stay on the track for longer," said Pedrosa, who is celebrating his 27th birthday. "Somehow, I lost the front so I lost a lot of time and had to go back to the pits. When I took the second bike it was hard because I knew it was the only bike remaining for me, so I had to settle for a while just to make sure I would be at the front of the grid. In the end I was able to forget more about it and push hard. The front row is always good so I hope to push more in the race."

Pedrosa will start Sunday’s race sandwiched by Yamaha bikes, with Lorenzo and Cal Crutchlow having achieved first and third places for the Yamaha Factory Racing and Monster Yamaha Tech 3 outfits, respectively.

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