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Pedrosa: “The tyres are suffering at this track”

Pedrosa: “The tyres are suffering at this track”

An ever-improving Dani Pedrosa takes his first pole position of the 2015 season at the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix.

A record breaking time of 1’59.053 saw Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa dominate the Q2 session, his teammate Marc Marquez the only rider able to get within half a second of him. Recent rounds have seen Pedrosa produce some of his best performances and Q2 at the Malaysian GP was no exception as the Spaniard takes his first pole since the Catalan GP in 2014. Once more Pedrosa proves that he should never be ruled out, the loyal Honda man working solidly in the background as eyes were focused on other riders. It seems there will be more than one Repsol Honda rider influencing the championship battle.

Race pace also looks highly competitive for Dani Pedrosa; if he can make his tyres last he will surely be in contention for victory. Due to the high temperatures in Sepang and the demanding layout of the circuit itself, tyres are suffering a lot this weekend and many riders remain unsure of how they will perform over race distance. The heat is also demanding on the riders who often lose a significant amount of weight through sweat during the race. But in Malaysia it can be blazing hot one second and soaking wet the next, forecasts remain uncertain as to what the weather will do on Sunday,

Dani Pedrosa: "The team did a great job! We will have to concentrate a lot in the race, because the tyres are suffering at this track so there is the possibility of making mistakes, and we must be attentive on every lap. I will try to ride as best I can, but I’m sure that the bike and tyres will have a tough time. We will have to see how the track is tomorrow, because with so much heat we might not have as much grip as now; we will have to feel it out on the first few laps."

MotoGP, 2015, SHELL MALAYSIA MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Q2, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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