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Pedrosa comes through Q1 to secure fifth

Pedrosa comes through Q1 to secure fifth

Dani Pedrosa will start from the second row in fifth position at the Tissot Australian Grand Prix, having had his first experience of Q1 on Saturday at Phillip Island.

Pedrosa’s best time over the first three free practice sessions (1’29.976) was not fast enough to put him into Q2 directly, as he finished 0.031s off tenth place on the combined timesheet after FP3.

However, his time in Q1 of 1’29.097 was the fastest time set during the weekend at that stage and immediately promoted him into Q2. After setting his fast lap, a brief rain shower arrived to disrupt proceedings but fortunately dried up before Q2 began.

In Q2 Pedrosa qualified fifth, though in an extremely close session he was just 0.033s off the lap time which gave Cal Crutchlow second place.

"It was a difficult day because I did not qualify directly for Q2," Pedrosa admitted. "I had many problems in the morning session, which also came up in the afternoon practice. However, in qualifying I took a big step forward."

"Unfortunately, as I had to go through Q1 I lost a tyre and in Q2 I could only use one. Nevertheless, my lap time was pretty good and, although I was bested by a few thousandths of a second, I could have placed very high up on the grid. We will try to fight our hardest in the race and get a good start, then concentrate on making each lap perfect."

MotoGP, 2014, TISSOT AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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