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Pedrosa reflects on first pole in a year

Pedrosa reflects on first pole in a year

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa claimed his first pole in a year at the GP Monster Energy de Catalunya, whilst teammate Marc Marquez crashed in Q2.

Pedrosa’s last MotoGP™ pole came at the Catalunya round last year. The Spanish rider is still recovering from arm surgery which he underwent just five weeks ago.

He started the weekend steadily in 10th in FP1 and improved his times each session. This improvement culminated in a 1’40.985s lap in Q2, just 0.092s off his own 2013 pole record.

Teammate Marquez had led for much of Q2 but unfortunately fell at Turn 1 while pushing on his last lap.

“I am very happy to have taken pole position today, in front of my family and the home fans! I am also delighted that, for the first time this year, I felt good on the bike in qualifying. I had a good feeling with the first tyre and I could push well with the second one. I had one mistake but I still made a good lap time. Now we focus on tomorrow and doing a good race,” commented Pedrosa.

He added, “I'll try and get a good start from pole position tomorrow, I am sure that it will be very hot and we will have to manage the tyres well during the race, but we will try to do as well as possible. My arm is feeling much better so I can ride more normally.”

MotoGP, 2014, GRAN PREMI MONSTER ENERGY DE CATALUNYA, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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