Saturday, November 8, 2014

Repsol Honda's Pedrosa Qualifies 3rd, Marquez 5th in MotoGP Season Finale Round at Valencia

Press Release

Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana

Round 18 - Saturday, November 8th 2014

  Valenciana - Qualifying Report

Weather conditions
Sunny / Windy 20°C
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Front row start for Pedrosa as Marquez crashes on final lap

Front row start for Pedrosa as Marquez crashes on final lap

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa will start tomorrow’s final GP of the season from 3rd on the grid, with teammate and 2014 World Champion in 5th after a small crash on his final exit in qualifying.
Variable windy conditions once again plagued the Valencia track and finding the optimum setup has been a difficult job. Marc had a small crash this morning in FP3 but had been fastest in every session so far this weekend and both riders were in a prime position for qualifying after finishing 1st and 2nd in the final FP4 session. However, as qualifying began the wind swept in and created tricky conditions. Dani made a few small mistakes on his first exit but in his second run he was able to improve and his lap time of 1’30.999 (lap 9/9) places him in 3rd – just 0.156 seconds off pole.
On his final lap Marc was on a fast lap, with a session best first sector but lost the front coming into turn four. Unable to get back to the garage in time, Marc had to settle with his time of 1’31.144 (lap 6/6) and missed out on a front row start for the final GP of 2014 by just 0.145 seconds.
Tomorrow’s race is expected to be a closely fought battle with eleven riders within 0.643 seconds of each other. With a 29 point lead over their rivals in the Team Championship, the Repsol Honda Team could win the Triple Crown tomorrow if Marc and Dani don’t lose more that 16 points to Lorenzo and Rossi.
Team Quotes
Dani Pedrosa profile image
Dani Pedrosa
3rd - 1'30.999
“It was a difficult qualifying because there was much more wind than in the morning session. That made it hard to calculate the entry to corners and when to brake. As a result, I made a few mistakes and couldn't set a good lap at the beginning. Later, when I took the corners with a better line, the tyres were more worn down. At the end I was able to find those two tenths necessary to get onto the front row, so tomorrow we need to make the most of the position and have a good race.”
Marc Marquez profile image
Marc Marquez
5th - 1'31.144
“On the one hand I'm happy, because we have a great pace and a great setup for tomorrow, but on the other hand I am a little annoyed that I made a mistake in qualifying. I apologise to the team, because we could have fought for pole position. I made one mistake on the first stint and another on the second, causing me to crash. You learn from these things and I'll go out tomorrow looking to enjoy the race, because we are ready to battle for the win.”

qualifying results

  Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana - Round 18
1Valentino Rossi46ITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYAMAHA1'30.843
2Andrea Iannone29ITAPramac RacingDUCATI1'30.975
3Dani Pedrosa26ESPRepsol Honda TeamHONDA1'30.999
4Jorge Lorenzo99ESPMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYAMAHA1'31.049
5Marc Marquez93ESPRepsol Honda TeamHONDA1'31.144
6Pol Espargaro44ESPMonster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA1'31.307
7Bradley Smith38GBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA1'31.324
8Cal Crutchlow35GBRDucati TeamDUCATI1'31.359
9Andrea Dovizioso4ITADucati TeamDUCATI1'31.426
10Stefan Bradl6GERLCR Honda MotoGPHONDA1'31.443
11Aleix Espargaro41ESPNGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA1'31.486
12Michele Pirro51ITADucati TeamDUCATI1'32.617
13Alvaro Bautista19ESPGo & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA1'32.160
14Scott Redding45GBRGo & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA1'32.315
15Yonny Hernandez68COLPramac RacingDUCATI1'32.321
16Nicky Hayden69USADrive M7 AsparHONDA1'32.395
17Hector Barbera8ESPAvintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI1'32.443
18Hiroshi Aoyama7JPNDrive M7 AsparHONDA1'32.449
19Alex De Angelis15RSMNGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA1'32.453
20Randy De Puniet14FRATeam Suzuki MotoGPSUZUKI1'32.509
21Danilo Petrucci9ITAIodaRacing ProjectIODA-SUTER1'32.683
22Michael Laverty70GBRPaul Bird MotorsportART & PBM1'32.808
23Karel Abraham17CZECardion AB MotoracingHONDA1'33.019
24Broc Parkes23AUSPaul Bird MotorsportPBM1'33.972
25Mike Di Meglio63FRAAvintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI1'34.510

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Circuit Information

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Length4.005 m / 2.489 miles
Left corners9
Right corners5
Longest straight876 m / 0.544 miles
Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana
Autovía A3 Valencia-Madrid
Salida 334. 46380 - Cheste
(Valencia) SPAIN

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Pole position1m 30.237s (159.7km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2013)
Race lap1m 31.628s (157.3km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2013)
Race time46m 10.302s (156.1 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2013)
2012 Race WinnerDani Pedrosa (Honda)
2013 Race WinnerJorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
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