Hot on the heels of his win last weekend at Indianapolis last weekend, Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa has claimed pole position for Sunda’s GP at Misano. He is looking for his first career back-to-back victories.
Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa claimed his fourth pole of the 2010 MotoGP season with a blistering fast lap in the closing moments of qualifying at Misano on Saturday. The Spaniard was the only rider to break the 1’34-second lap time as he stole the top spot from Fiat Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo.
“I’m happy to be on pole position because we were strong throughout practice and things have gone according to plan so far this weekend. We are doing a very good job at the moment, improving at every round and now we have the chance to have another good race. I’ve never won two MotoGP races in a row and this is a good challenge for
me – I really want to go for it.” – Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa
Rounding out the front row is Marlboro Ducati’s Casey Stoner. The front row start didn’t come easy for Stoner as he smashed his Desmosedici after putting up the fastest lap 20-minutes in, forcing the Ducati team to scramble to get his bike back together and still get him on track in the final stages of the hour long qualifying session.
Fiat Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi will start his home GP from the second row with Monster Tech 3 Yamaha’s Ben Spies and LCR Honda’s Randy De Puniet alongside the M1 pilots. Rossi has won here the past two years and has made it clear he would love to return to his winning ways in front of his home crowd.
“The front row would have been good for the race of tomorrow but I just missed out today. I think I had the potential today but unfortunately with the last tire I found some traffic at the end. The rear tire is going to be very important for tomorrow’s race and we still have a decision to make; at the moment we are thinking more of the hard one but we need to wait and see the weather. I am feeling better here than in Indy because it’s much cooler; I am still suffering a bit with my shoulder in the hard right braking zones but it’s not too bad. Anyway it’s fantastic to be here in Italy with all of these fans and I’m excited about tomorrow. The helmet is a joke about my timekeeping – we have put a big clock on the top of it with a different helmet showing the right time for each session so I make sure that I arrive on time!” – Valentino Rossi
While Spies should be pleased with his fifth place qualifying effort, his teammate Colin Edwards was three-tenths off his pace which was good enough for seventh place on the grid. Things didn’t go well for Ducati’s Nicky Hayden who finished a disappointing 14th.
Misano Final Qualifying Results:
1. Dani Pedrosa (Honda) 1’33.948
2. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) 1’34.256
Jorge Lorenzo was once again outpaced by Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa in Saturday’s qualifying session.
3. Casey Stoner (Ducati) 1’34.397
4. Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) 1’34.470
5. Ben Spies (Yamaha) 1’34.472
6. Randy de Puniet (Honda) 1’34.751
7. Colin Edwards (Yamaha) 1’34.782
8. Andrea Dovizioso (Honda) 1’34.826
9. Marco Simoncelli (Honda) 1’34.934
10. Marco Melandri (Honda) 1’35.018
11. Loris Capirossi (Suzuki) 1’35.096
12. Hector Barbera (Ducati) 1’35.259
13. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda) 1’35.286
14. Nicky Hayden (Ducati) 1’35.303
15. Aleix Espargaro (Ducati) 1’35.438
16. Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki) 1’35.629
17. Mika Kallio (Ducati) 1’35.724
Moto2 Qualifying Results
Toni Elias will start from pole for the second time this year after posting the fastest lap during Saturday’s Moto2 Qualifying session. Gresini Racing’s Scott Redding was robbed of pole by a mere .044 in his team’s home race.
Moto2 Qualifying Results
1. Toni Elias (Moriwaki) 1’38.991
2. Scott Redding (Suter) 1’29.035
3. Julian Simon (Suter) 1’39.280
4. Jules Cluzel (Suter) 1’39.413
5. Andrea Iannone (Speed Up) 1’39.426
6. Simone Corsi (Motobi) 1’39.664
7. Alex de Angelis (Motobi) 1’39.686
8. Shoya Tomizawa (Suter) 1’39.778
9. Mattia Pasini (Suter) 1’39.856
10. Gabor Talmacsi (Speed Up) 1’39.857