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Mixed qualifying session for Pedrosa and Marquez

Mixed qualifying session for Pedrosa and Marquez

Qualifying at the Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana provided mixed results for Repsol Honda, Dani Pedrosa fighting the wind for third and Marc Marquez crashing at Turn 4, before ending up fifth.

Between FP4 and Q2 winds at Valencia increased significantly, riders found it particularly difficult through Turn 1 as the gusting winds pushed them wide. Repsol Honda’s Pedrosa pushed from his first lap, eventually putting in a 1’30.999s in the closing stages of the session.

This time promoted him to third on the grid, ahead of Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). Despite being locked in fourth position in the championship, Pedrosa will be eager to end his season on a high and is hunting for victory on Sunday.

Marquez had looked strong coming into the Q2 session, setting the fastest time of the weekend overall, but a crash at Turn 4 ended his hopes of securing the last pole position of the season. Fortunately his 1’31.144s was enough for fifth and the 2014 MotoGP™ World Champion is confident he can fight with his teammate and the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP duo for the victory.

Pedrosa reflected on qualifying, “It was hard because the wind was strong. When I first went out I could feel it straight away, I kept running wide at Turn 1. On the second trye I kept making the same mistake then at the end I said ‘OK, we push harder’. Then I did three laps. I knew I could do better and even though the tyre was a little used.”

“We did a lot of laps in practice and you really need to worry about the tyres here. There are a lot of lefts with spinning here. It’ll be a challenge but that’s what it’s like for everyone. We’ll take our front row and use the advantage to push from the start,” he added.

On his crash Marquez reflected, “Today I’m sorry for the team because I did two mistakes, exactly the same in Turns 4 and 5. I wasn’t pushing too much or trying to go faster, I just made a mistake with the brake. It’s important to know for tomorrow. We have a good race pace and we’re ready to fight for the victory.”


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