MotoGP »

Pedrosa on pole at Jerez

Dani Pedrosa stole home pole glory from countryman Jorge Lorenzo by 0.285sec during qualifying for Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez.

Hampered by handling problems in winter testing and then the opening round at Qatar, where he finished just seventh, Pedrosa was keen to play down his pole and insisted that the 'shaking' problems with his Repsol Honda remain.

Fiat Yamaha rider Lorenzo set a quicker lap time than Pedrosa's pole during Saturday morning practice, but was unable to repeat it in the warmer afternoon conditions and will line-up between arch-rival Pedrosa and Ducati's Casey Stoner.

Stoner, like Pedrosa, still feels there is much work to be done with his set-up - which he feels hasn't progressed since he topped the Friday practice charts.

Injured reigning seven time MotoGP champion and Qatar winner Valentino Rossi claimed a late fourth, to head row two, which bumped Stoner's team-mate Nicky Hayden to fifth.

Hayden suffered a fast fall this morning, but was back up to front-running pace by the closing stages of the qualifying hour.

Competing row two on Sunday will be top satellite rider Randy de Puniet, who put his LCR Honda within 0.389sec of Pedrosa's factory machine.

Colin Edwards got the better of rookie Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team-mate Ben Spies at the end of the hour to secure a seventh place start, with Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) and Marco Melandri (Gresini Honda) rounding out the top ten behind Spies.

Loris Capirossi's Suzuki was almost exactly one-second behind Pedrosa, but that was only good enough eleventh at the end of a session that at one stage saw all 17 riders covered by 1.1sec!

Last on Friday, Hiroshi Aoyama climbed forward to twelfth - and the second best rookie after Spies - on his Interwetten Honda, with Spanish rookies Alvaro Bautista (Rizla Suzuki), Hector Barbera (Aspar Ducati) and Aleix Espargaro (Pramac Ducati) lining up behind him for their first home MotoGP start.

Two disappointed riders are sure to be Gresini Honda's Marco Simoncelli in 16th and Pramac's Mike Kallio in 17th and last, although the Finn was only 1.6sec from pole.

Qualifying:

1. Pedrosa
2. Lorenzo
3. Stoner
4. Rossi
5. Hayden
6. de Puniet
7. Edwards
8. Spies
9. Dovizioso
10. Melandri
11. Capirossi
12. Aoyama
13. Bautista
14. Barbera
15. Espargaro
16. Simoncelli
17. Kallio



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Pedrosa, Spanish MotoGP 2010
VD Mark, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Smith crash, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Smith crash, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Smith crash, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Smith crash, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Smith, Redding, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Sam Lowes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Sam Lowes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Redding, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Redding, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Redding, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Redding, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Redding, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Pirro, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Petrucci, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Petrucci, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Petrucci, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


El Bigonio

May 01, 2010 2:46 PM

Pedrosa on Pole with a free track ahead of him could be daunting. The way he starts would make Elmer Trett smile from the grave! But Lorenzo's race pace is pretty fast too. Perhaps a little spanish feud at the front of this one?



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.