|Photo: Repsol Honda|
Dani Pedrosa will start today’s inaugural Grand Prix from the Circuit of The Americas in 2nd, alongside his fresh faced team mate, Marc Marquez. The Repsol Honda veteran was the only rider anywhere near contention with Marquez in yesterdays qualifying session.
Pedrosa set his fastest lap of 2m 3.275s on his final flying lap in the dying seconds of the session, long after Marquez had set the bench mark time of a near 2:03 flat lap. The ‘senior’ rider at Repsol Honda lies ahead of last years champion, Jorge Lorenzo by just shy of a second, after what seemed to be an ill judged in/out of pitlane manoeuvre by Lorenzo to avoid traffic towards the end of the session.
Hoping to add to levels of rear grip to improve his performance in the 21 lap race, Dani will probably be satisfied by simply keeping up with his youthful compatriot. He seems optimistic: “The session was a little tense, as in fifteen minutes you only have time for four good laps. Fortunately we didn’t have any problems with traffic this time, and I was able to focus and put in a strong lap – faster than all but one in the end! It was a good session, and we took second on the grid which is positive, because Marc put in a fast lap and is close by. We need to try to increase the rear grip for the race and work towards having a strong race”