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Satisfying qualification for Dovizioso

Satisfying qualification for Dovizioso

The Repsol Honda rider will start from the front row at Sepang after qualifying with the third best time.

Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso will start Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix from the front row of the grid after qualifying in third place at Sepang. It was a tight session where the top 15 riders were covered by just 1.4 seconds over a lap of more than two minutes, and Dovizioso did well to take the final place on row one, giving himself a clear run into Sepang’s tight first turn.

Dovizioso was more than happy with today’s result, even though the 24 year-old Italian couldn’t repeat his pole position from the last race in Japan. He and his crew have made continued progress with the set-up of the Honda RC212V, especially in the area of electronics, which is allowing Dovizioso to ride with ever-increasing confidence. As well as contesting the race win, Dovizioso’s target for tomorrow will be to narrow the 21-point gap in the World Championship standings to Casey Stoner, who qualified in fifth place today.

Andrea Dovizioso – 3rd:

“It’s always important to be on the front row - and this was actually more satisfying than the pole position in Japan because the conditions were so extreme today. The level of riders and bikes in MotoGP is so high and so the front row also means we have done a really good job so far this weekend. We have moved things on from where we were in Japan and improved our electronic set-up again - we’ve found a good direction, which is really positive. I want to say thank you to my team and to HRC for working hard to achieve this. It’s going to be a tough race because it’s so hot here, but I’m looking forward to it. For tomorrow it’s difficult to understand how the race will pan out - we’ll have to study the lap times from today to get a feeling for our rivals’ performance; qualifying doesn’t always give you the real picture of what everyone’s race pace will be. In terms of tyre choice, I think it will be the hard option for us.”

Repsol Honda press release

MotoGP, 2010, SHELL ADVANCE MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Andrea Dovizioso, Repsol Honda Team

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