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Dovizioso close to front row, Pedrosa crashes and finishes eighth

Dovizioso close to front row, Pedrosa crashes and finishes eighth

The Repsol Honda perspective on qualifying at the Gran Premi Cinzano de Catalunya.

Factory Honda riders Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa give their views on some contrasting fortunes at the Circuit de Catalunya on Saturday.

Andrea Dovizioso - 4th

"I’m very happy with this 4th position, even though of course my target was to be on the first row. I like this racetrack - you do a lot of sliding the bike and I really enjoy this kind of riding. We made progress with the machine this morning, then we made a modification to the setting this afternoon that didn’t have the results we expected, so tomorrow we will go back to this morning’s set up. Today it was very hot and conditions were very demanding for the tyres - all the riders seemed to have less grip at the rear. Still, I’m quite satisfied. We have improved our race pace and tomorrow I will fight hard for the podium. We were fast today and I think we can get closer to the frontrunners’ race pace in the low 1’43s, although consistency is still their advantage."

Dani Pedrosa - 8th

"I’m reasonably satisfied with my pace today, especially considering how things felt yesterday. We’ve qualified for the race and, although I’d have preferred to be on the front two rows, this position is OK. In fact, I think I could have been a row further forward had I not had the crash in the last few minutes of qualifying - that’s the period when the best times are usually set. I went into the corner a little bit too fast and wide and had to run straight on. Then I saw the air fence and decided it was best to get off the bike. This morning I had an injection for the pain which worked quite well so I didn’t have another one for the afternoon, though it was becoming more uncomfortable by then. Tomorrow I’ll have another injection and we’ll try to take the best result possible in the race. It’s going to be extra hard work because of the heat, but there are a lot of my fans out there so I’ll be riding my hardest for them."

MotoGP, 2009, GRAN PREMI CINZANO DE CATALUNYA, Dani Pedrosa, Andrea Dovizioso, Repsol Honda Team

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