The Repsol Honda pairing of Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez both secured a front row start for the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez de la Frontera circuit in Southern Spain this afternoon.
|Pedrosa in action at Jerez
Photo: Repsol Honda
After a productive morning fine tuning set-up for race day both Spaniards took to the track for the usually frantic 15 minute Q2 qualifying session to determine the grid placings from 1 to 12. After a small slip off at the end of the back straight during FP4, Austin victor Marquez immediately set about trying to close the gap on his fellow Spaniard Lorenzo at the top of the timesheets and his second-placed team mate Pedrosa.
Pedrosa once again had a solid FP4 before the move in to Q2, however whilst running a lap on Pole Position schedule, the 2012 championship runner-up lost the front of his RC213V bringing to a premature end his charge to the top of the time sheets, however his time of 1:38.920s was still enough for the middle of the front row.
Team mate Marquez again showed his ability and maturity at only his third MotoGP, securing his second successive front row start after his debut Pole Position at COTA last time out with a time just 0.05s shy of Pedrosa ahead of tomorrows 27 lap race.
Pedrosa said “The session went well, but at the end I had a crash in turn eight, as I maybe pushed a little too hard and lost the front. We’ve ridden well all weekend and the bike is working great, so we are hoping that tomorrow we can continue in the same way. Pace is the most important thing and I hope to get a good start and have a strong race”
Marquez added “I’m pretty happy, because the session went better than I expected. We knew it would be a tough and difficult weekend, but I think we had a very good qualifying session and starting from the front row is very important. I know that Dani and Lorenzo are one step ahead at the moment, but I will still try to give one-hundred percent and ride my own race. It will be hard, hot, and very demanding on the tyres, but we will try to get a good result in front of the home fans”