Repsol Honda rider, Dani Pedrosa was unable to live up to his potential in qualifying this afternoon from Assen, after a front end washout into turn nine put an end to his pole position bid with seven minutes left of Q2.
|Pedrosa was unable to improve after crash
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After being well on the pace throughout practice, Pedrosa continued his form into this afternoon’s qualifying sitting at the top of the timing sheets for the majority of the session before his incident. As it was a fair distance away from the paddock, Pedrosa was unable to make it back to his garage in time to get out on the spare bike to defend his position. He soon fell down the order to fifth with his time of 1m 35.006s, seven tenths off Crutchlow’s eventual pole position lap time and just a quarter of a second off his team mate, Marquez.
Whether the walking wounded Lorenzo races or not tomorrow, it will be a fantastic opportunity for Pedrosa to extend his lead in the championship. The Spaniard is unfazed by his incident and is confident of a strong race performance, provided he manages a characteristically swift start. “We haven’t had any sessions that have really been good for putting in laps and trying out things with the bike. The conditions of the track and the weather haven’t really allowed us to improve the setup, because we’ve had very few laps on a completely dry track. However, in qualifying we were able to run a faster pace than in the rest of the practice sessions here. Despite the crash, the feeling is a lot better than it was yesterday. So, we will see if tomorrow we can get a good start and have a strong race”