Saturday, June 14, 2014

Repsol Honda's Pedrosa Takes Pole, Marquez 3rd in MotoGP Qualifying in Catalunya

Press Release

Gran Premi de Catalunya

Round 7 - Saturday, June 14th 2014

  Catalunya - Qualifying Report

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sunny 28°C
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Pedrosa takes home pole position with Marquez third after late crash

Pedrosa takes home pole position with Marquez third after late crash

Local boy Dani Pedrosa has taken his first pole position since Catalunya last year at his home circuit with teammate Marc Marquez, who was been on pole every race so far this season, crashing out on his final run in qualifying.
Dani, who is still recovering from his arm surgery five weeks ago, has been gradually improving all weekend after being tenth in Friday’s FP1. His time of 1’40.985 (lap 5/7) was just 0.092 off his pole record from 2013 (1’40.893). Marc had taken provisional pole on his first run, but again the 2013 World Champion and his team opted for a three-run qualifying to give him the best chance at his seventh consecutive pole of 2014. However, on his final run Marc crashed in turn one ending his session. Fortunately his time of 1’41.135, recorded on his first run, was enough for the front row for tomorrow’s 25 lap race.
Team Quotes
Dani Pedrosa profile image
Dani Pedrosa
1st - 1'40.985
"I am very happy to have taken pole position today, in front of my family and the home fans! I am also delighted that, for the first time this year, I felt good on the bike in qualifying. I'll try and get a good start from pole position tomorrow, I am sure that it will be very hot and we will have to manage the tyres well during the race, but we will try to do as well as possible!”
Marc Marquez profile image
Marc Marquez
3rd - 1'41.135
"Today I made the first mistake of the season, so I need to apologise to the team because it was my fault. The strategy we had set out was coming together perfectly, but when riding with the last tyre I braked too late. I knew it was my last attempt, so I tried to go into the corner anyway. That was not the best choice; I should have written off the lap, but these things happen when you are riding at home; you always try to give a little bit extra. We know for tomorrow that there is no more room for improvement on that corner and that we have a good setup with which to fight for the win"

qualifying results

  Gran Premi de Catalunya - Round 7
1Dani Pedrosa26ESPRepsol Honda TeamHONDA1'40.985
2Jorge Lorenzo99ESPYamaha Factory RacingYAMAHA1'41.100
3Marc Marquez93ESPRepsol Honda TeamHONDA1'41.135
4Stefan Bradl6GERLCR Honda MotoGPHONDA1'41.220
5Valentino Rossi46ITAYamaha FactoryYAMAHA1'41.290
6Aleix Espargaro41ESPNGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA1'41.308
7Andrea Dovizioso4ITADucati TeamDUCATI1'41.337
8Bradley Smith38GBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA1'41.491
9Yonny Hernandez68COLPramac RacingDUCATI1'41.671
10Pol Espargaro44ESPMonster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA1'41.677
11Andrea Iannone29ITAPramac RacingDUCATI1'41.751
12Alvaro Bautista19ESPGo & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA1'42.024
13Cal Crutchlow35GBRDucati TeamDUCATI1'42.578
14Scott Redding45GBRGo & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA1'42.730
15Michele Pirro51ITADucati TeamDUCATI1'42.955
16Nicky Hayden69USADrive M7 AsparHONDA1'43.043
17Colin Edwards5USANGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA1'43.226
18Karel Abraham17CZECardion AB MotoracingHONDA1'43.360
19Broc Parkes23AUSPaul Bird MotorsportPBM1'43.530
20Hiroshi Aoyama7JPNDrive M7 AsparHONDA1'43.564
21Michael Laverty70GBRPaul Bird MotorsportART & PBM1'43.737
22Hector Barbera8ESPAvintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI1'44.115
23Mike Di Meglio63FRAAvintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI1'45.012
24Michel Fabrizio84ITAIodaRacing ProjectIODA-SUTER1'46.214

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Circuit Information

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Length4.727 m / 2.937 miles
Left corners5
Right corners8
Longest straight1.047 m / 0.651 miles
Circuits de Catalunya S.L.
Mas "La Moreneta"
PD 27
08160 Montmeló
Pole Position1m 40.893s (168.6km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2013)
Race Lap1m 42.358s (166.251km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2008)
Race Time43m 02.175s (164.756km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2008)
2012 Race WinnerJorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
2013 Race WinnerJorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
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3-15-1, Senzui, Asaka-shi, Saitama-Pref., 351-0024 Japan

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