Saturday, May 31, 2014

Repsol Honda's Marquez Takes 6th Pole of Season, Pedrosa 4th in MotoGP Round 6 Qualifying for Mugello Italian Grand Prix

Press Release

Gran Premio d’Italia

Round 6 - Saturday, May 31st 2014

  Italy - Qualifying Report

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Marquez continues perfect 2014 with sixth straight pole

Marquez continues perfect 2014 with sixth straight pole

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has taken his 6th consecutive pole of the 2014 season, in as many rounds, with teammate Dani Pedrosa in fourth.
After the strange weather yesterday, when light rain prevented many of the riders going out on track in the afternoon, the sun was shining today in Mugello. Dani, who struggled with the setup in yesterday’s FP1 improved significantly this morning, posting the fastest time on track in FP3 (1’47.754), with Marc just 0.261s behind him in second (1’48.015).
The Repsol Honda duo remained 1st and 2nd in FP4, but only Marc was able to continue this through to qualifying and snatched his sixth pole in six races with a time of 1’47.270 on lap three of eight. Dani improved on his time from this morning, but made a small mistake and touched the mapping button reducing his power slightly. His time of 1’47.584 – on his final lap of eight – placed him on the second row of the grid in fourth, missing the front row by just 0.063s.
Team Quotes
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Marc Marquez
1st - 1'47.270
"I'm very happy to have taken this pole position at a track that I found very difficult last year. I've felt good on the bike right from the opening practice session this time around, and this shows that we are working well this season - because in 2013 it was much harder to be up at the front. As for the race, it will be difficult to break away and do what I've been doing up to now, because at this track you tend to ride in a group and things are more tightly packed. However, I will try to give 100% in order to fight for the victory”
Dani Pedrosa profile image
Dani Pedrosa
4th - 1'47.584
“Today qualifying went better than in Le Mans, and we had good sessions - especially in FP4. I think that the bike was working fairly well, although when we put on the second tyre option in qualifying I made a small mistake - which I didn’t realise until afterwards - and I touched the engine mapping button which lowered my power and I wasn’t able to improve my time. Tomorrow we will try to start well and have a good race, it seems that the pace of the other riders is very evenly matched, but we will do all that we can”

qualifying results

  Gran Premio d’Italia - Round 6
1Marc Marquez93ESPRepsol Honda TeamHONDA1'47.270
2Andrea Iannone29ITAPramac RacingDUCATI1'47.450
3Jorge Lorenzo99ESPYamaha Factory RacingYAMAHA1'47.521
4Dani Pedrosa26ESPRepsol Honda TeamHONDA1'47.584
5Pol Espargaro44ESPMonster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA1'47.612
6Cal Crutchlow35GBRDucati TeamDUCATI1'47.659
7Bradley Smith38GBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA1'47.681
8Andrea Dovizioso4ITADucati TeamDUCATI1'47.754
9Stefan Bradl6GERLCR Honda MotoGPHONDA1'47.765
10Valentino Rossi46ITAYamaha FactoryYAMAHA1'47.791
11Alvaro Bautista19ESPGo & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA1'48.132
12Aleix Espargaro41ESPNGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA1'48.218
13Yonny Hernandez68COLPramac RacingDUCATI1'48.722
14Scott Redding45GBRGo & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA1'48.754
15Michele Pirro51ITADucati TeamDUCATI1'48.794
16Karel Abraham17CZECardion AB MotoracingHONDA1'48.894
17Hiroshi Aoyama7JPNDrive M7 AsparHONDA1'49.505
18Colin Edwards5USANGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA1'49.780
19Hector Barbera8ESPAvintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI1'49.932
20Michael Laverty70GBRPaul Bird MotorsportART & PBM1'50.505
21Mike Di Meglio63FRAAvintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI1'50.515
22Broc Parkes23AUSPaul Bird MotorsportPBM1'50.875
23Michel Fabrizio84ITAIodaRacing ProjectIODA-SUTER1'53.116
24Nicky Hayden69USADrive M7 AsparHONDADNS

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Circuit Information

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Length5.245 m / 3.259 miles
Left corners6
Right corners9
Longest straight1.141 m / 0.709 miles
Via Senni, 15 50038
Scarperia Province of Florence

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Pole Position1m 47.157s (176.2 km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2013)
Race Lap1m 47.639s (175.4 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2013)
Race Time41m 37.477s (173.889km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2012)
2012 Race WinnerJorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
2013 Race WinnerJorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
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