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Front-row target achieved for Pedrosa

Front-row target achieved for Pedrosa

The Repsol Honda rider is going for a third consecutive win from third position on the grid at Aragón on Sunday, and envisages “one of the most open races of the season” at the new circuit.

Third position on the starting grid for the Gran Premio A-Style de Aragón and 0.401s off pole position does not tell the full story of Dani Pedrosa’s qualifying session on Saturday. The Repsol Honda battled for first place throughout the session and looked on course to pip Casey Stoner to top spot on his final lap before a mistake cost him a fifth pole of the season.

Pedrosa was 0.215s up on Stoner’s pole time when he went through the second split on his final lap of the session, but pushing hard the Repsol Honda rider ran wide and eventually placed third in the session. Starting from the front row at Aragón was Pedrosa’s aim before the session and he was pleased with how things went.

“I’m happy to be on the front row as this was our main target for this afternoon’s session. I just made a little mistake and ran wide on my last fast lap when I was going well and was 0.2s ahead, so I think pole position could have been possible, but the front row is the important thing,” said Pedrosa, who trails Championship leader Lorenzo by 63 points.

“Now we must just stay focused and get a good start because the first corner is quite near to the start line which means it will be important to get a clean run into there. It’s a new track where we haven’t raced before so the main question is how the tyres will work over a full race distance.”

Pedrosa will be going for a fifth win of the season in Sunday’s race having won the previous two rounds, and the 24 year-old is determined to further shake things up at the top of the Championship standings.

“Our performance over the last few races has been great and I want to try as hard as possible for the victory here,” he said. “Everyone has come into this weekend with a blank sheet of paper so maybe it could be one of the most open races of the season.”

MotoGP, 2010, GRAN PREMIO A-STYLE DE ARAGON, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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