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Varying post-crash results for Repsol Honda

Varying post-crash results for Repsol Honda

Both Repsol Honda Team riders suffered falls at Le Mans on Saturday, just as they had on qualifying day in Jerez two weeks ago. Marc Marquez went on to seal a second MotoGP™ pole position whereas Dani Pedrosa qualified sixth in France.

Marquez’s slip-up came at Turn 3 in the pre-qualifying practice session, whereas Pedrosa was left with less than ten minutes to return to the pits after he lost control in exactly the same spot shortly into the Q2 shootout.

“I was on my second bike, but to build that confidence again after a crash is quite difficult,” Marquez recalled. “It takes time. I took one or two laps, but then it was qualifying and I pushed like before. In terms of my rhythm: I’m happy, not so bad. Jorge (Lorenzo) had a very good rhythm but, you know, we will see how the weather and everything is tomorrow and we will try to do our best.”

Pedrosa was naturally downbeat about sixth place, having topped both of the practice sessions on Friday off the back of his maiden season victory at home in Spain.

“The afternoon’s practice sessions were difficult,” he says. “I crashed in qualifying and then had to go back to the garage and only had a little time left on the clock when I got back out on-track. I wasn't able to make the best use of the session, but at least I was able to clock a fairly decent time and place sixth. It is a pity because we could have been much higher up the grid. For tomorrow we will have to try to get a good start, come back up through the field and have a good race.”

Heading into Round 4 of 18, Marquez heads up the championship as the youngest ever leader. He sits three points ahead of Pedrosa, with reigning title holder Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing) third and four points in arrears of the leader.

MotoGP, 2013, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Dani Pedrosa, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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