MotoGP: Pedrosa picks up pace for Qatar qualifying

Dani shone under the floodlights in qualifying

Photo: Repsol Honda 

Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa qualified on the front row ahead of the opening round of the 2013 season after a slow start to the weekend. 
The Spainiard had a slow start to the weekend, finishing combined free practice in sixth 0.418 seconds off fastest man, team-mate Marc Marquez.


However, Dani picked up the pace for qualifying and despite getting caught up in traffic he set the third fastest time of the day, 1.55.151.
Pedrosa said “Today we were able to improve a lot and take a front row start for tomorrow. It is important to start high up the grid whenever you can, because there are some very fast riders up against us. We still need to improve a few things with the bike and I hope that we can have a good race. The key will be to choose a good tyre compound and find a strong pace”

Repsol Honda team-mate Marc Marquez was caught out by traffic in his first ever MotoGP qualifying session, which meant he could only qualify in 6th, at the back of the second row. After an encouraging start to the weekend his grid position didn’t reflect his performance so far. His time of 1.55.645 was 0.997 off pole man Jorge Lorenzo.
Marc explained “Today was my first MotoGP qualifying session and the first time that we’d had the short 15 minute run, but the result was what we had expected. I still need a bit of explosivity and to push hard from the start. We got the sixth fastest time, as on the opening two fast laps I made mistakes and we lost some thousandths of a second. That is something that we have to improve. We still have the warm up tomorrow, in which we need to continue working on our pace and from there, we need to choose the best tyre for the race. The important thing will be to make a good start and see what happens”

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