Pedrosa delights fans and seals first pole of the year in Catalunya
All Spanish front row with Pedrosa ahead of Lorenzo and Marquez
Dani Pedrosa secured pole position for the Repsol Honda team during today’s qualifying session for the GP Monster Energy de Catalunya with the Catalan rider delighting the home fans as did Jorge Lorenzo on the Movistar Yamaha YZR-M1 and Marc Marquez close behind in third place on the timing sheets despite a crash late on in the session.
I am very happy to have taken pole position today, in front of my family and the home fans!
Stefan Bradl continues to lap near the front and the LCR Honda rider was able to hold off a late assault by Valentino Rossi with the Movistar Yamaha rider jumping 5 places on the final lap to grab the middle starting spot on the second row with a best time of 1m 41.290s. Aleix Espargaro will start from 6th tomorrow with the NGM Forward Racing man setting a best lap of 1m 41.308s while Andrea Dovizioso set the 7th best lap for the Ducati Team with a 1m 41.337s lap and Bradley Smith took 8th for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team with his best time of 1m 41.491s.
Taking his first pole position of 2014 was made all the sweeter in front of the partisan crowd as Pedrosa said afterwards, “I am very happy to have taken pole position today, in front of my family and the home fans! I am also delighted that, for the first time this year, I felt good on the bike in qualifying. I'll try and get a good start from pole position tomorrow, I am sure that it will be very hot and we will have to manage the tyres well during the race, but we will try to do as well as possible!”
Speaking after taking an all important front row start Lorenzo said, “I made a very good lap, I risked a lot, especially in the braking to make it. Finally we made a good setting for this track, it’s hard because with the track and temperatures it’s hard to make the bike stable. Tomorrow we will try to make it even more stable. We hope to remain consistent and strong like in Mugello to fight for the win again. We all hope it doesn't rain because a wet race would be difficult to judge. It would be great to win, everyone wants to!”
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|Drivers||Bradley Smith , Andrea Dovizioso , Marc Marquez , Dani Pedrosa , Jorge Lorenzo , Andrea Iannone , Valentino Rossi , Stefan Bradl , Aleix Espargaro , Alvaro Bautista , Pol Espargaro , Yonny Hernandez|
|Teams||Forward Racing , Pramac Racing , Yamaha Factory Racing , Ducati Team , Repsol Honda Team , Tech 3|