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Dovizioso tips Pedrosa as rider to beat

Andrea Dovizioso believes his Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa, starting just fifth on the grid, could be the rider to beat in Sunday's Indianapolis Grand Prix.

Dovizioso qualified one place in front of Pedrosa in a session that saw the first MotoGP pole for Ben Spies, with another home rider, Nicky Hayden, qualifying on the outside of the front row in third.

Between them on the front row will be title leader Jorge Lorenzo,

"I think it will be a tight group going into the first turns, and Spies and Nicky will be very determined in front of their home fans, but actually the fastest person in terms of race pace is Dani," said Dovizioso. "He has a margin of two or three tenths compared to us."

Pedrosa, who crashed from the lead at Indy last year, admitted he is feeling good on the harder option tyres.

“We improved our times quite a lot from yesterday and made some good progress with the machine set-up and race pace," said the double 2010 race winner, who starts round eleven 77 points behind Lorenzo, but 39 clear of third placed Casey Stoner.

"With these high track temperatures it looks like the harder option tyre will be the one to go with and we have a decent pace on this tyre, although I don't know if all the riders will make the same choice.

"I'm sure the American riders will be very strong, and also the riders who are normally at the front, so here maybe we will have more rivals to consider. Still, my feeling with the hard Bridgestone is good so I think we can do a good race tomorrow.”

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chete44 - Unregistered

August 29, 2010 12:08 AM

-YEP : Only JL,DP and CS did large stints on race tyre(Hard) at 1.40.s/low 1.41. Thatll be the race pace for tomorrow -BS,NH and AD could best them on the soft compound, Just for a single lap. Race is a full 28laps run! Dovi cant be more honest if he recognises hes behind, hope he finds that 2/10 tenths sec. he needs at the warm up. to be up the front.

chete44 - Unregistered

August 28, 2010 11:22 PM

"The fastest person in terms of race pace is Dani," said Dovizioso. -Very Humble of him. I cant hide i like this nice lad, and would feel very disappointed if he loses his well deserved works Honda for Casey.. . his Loyalty and consistent results for HRC cant be ignored that way.. . Specially now, that the gap with Yamaha is getting closer, and Both, as a Team, are getting results at 2006s level. - Hes hit the Key : RACE PACE is what really matters come raceday.

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