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Pedrosa secures front row start

'We still need to improve a few things with the bike and I hope that we can have a good race' - Dani Pedrosa
Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa grabbed a front row start for Sunday's opening round of the MotoGP World Championship in Qatar as the Spanish star saved his best performance until it really mattered.

Pedrosa, last year's series runner-up, had been no higher than sixth on the time sheets during the free practice sessions at Losail, but dug deep to put his factory RC213V into third place behind Yamaha duo Jorge Lorenzo and Cal Crutchlow in Q2.

There was plenty of drama in the decisive 15-minute qualifying session, which has been introduced as a new format for 2013, with light contact between Pedrosa and team-mate Marc Marquez in the closing minutes.

Pedrosa was then demoted by Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso before regaining his front row status with a final lap of 1m 55.152s.

“Today we were able to improve a lot and take a front row start for tomorrow,” said Pedrosa. “It is important to start high up the grid whenever you can, because there are some very fast riders up against us.

“We still need to improve a few things with the bike and I hope that we can have a good race,” he added. “The key will be to choose a good tyre compound and find a strong pace.”

Pedrosa's best lap was 0.437s behind Lorenzo at the top of the times and 0.235s adrift of Crutchlow on the satellite Tech 3 Yamaha machine.

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pepper - Unregistered

April 06, 2013 10:51 PM

Dani is dangerron the front row, he's always seems to get the hole shot, but I'm curious the added weight is gona effect him, hes been having some issues in turn one, but when your bombing down the straight at 344 km 215mph its expected I guess... hope they keep it tight an show us a good race. Dani for the win!!!

prof-x - Unregistered

April 06, 2013 11:04 PM

actually it was Marc that tried to go on the inside of Dani, and then decided he didnt want to Tbone him like Kalio. At least Marc can learn, but his self control is still suspect.

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