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Pedrosa spoil Marquez’s party?

“I was able to focus and put in a strong lap - faster than all but one in the end!” – Dani Pedrosa.
Rookie Marc Marquez may have taken a debut pole position for Sunday's inaugural Austin MotoGP event, but few will be surprised to see team-mate Dani Pedrosa leading at turn one of the race.

That's because second-on-the-grid Pedrosa has a reputation for making excellent starts, while Marquez lost ground on the opening lap of his first MotoGP race last time in Qatar.

But Marquez went on to beat Pedrosa in Qatar and has held the upper hand throughout private COTA testing and in all but one practice session at the Texas grand prix weekend.

Nevertheless, with the Yamahas still struggling to keep pace with the Repsol Hondas in Austin, it is Pedrosa that looks to have the best chance of at least delaying a debut Marquez victory.

"The session was a little tense, as in fifteen minutes you only have time for four good laps,” said Pedrosa, who made a late qualifying push to get within 0.254s of Marquez and pole.

“Fortunately we didn't have any problems with traffic this time, and I was able to focus and put in a strong lap - faster than all but one in the end!”

“It was a good session, and we took second on the grid which is positive, because Marc put in a fast lap and is close by. We need to try to increase the rear grip for tomorrow and work towards having a strong race."




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donn - Unregistered

April 21, 2013 4:38 AM

dear Dani. All of us know that one lap is nothing compared to 45 minutes of racing... marquez proved that last year by starting last from the grid and yet coming first. this is the best opportunity for you to put your self in the hunt for the title, since this is the last year for you to take the crown, co'z next year marquez will be stronger than this year and lorenzo will always be there, and with the new dark horse Rossi showing us that he is still capable of springing surprises.... your fan...

teehee - Unregistered

April 21, 2013 8:46 AM

its already started, people jumping ship to the new flavour of the month last year you all cheering for Pedro saying he is going to win the 2012 tittle. then you say 2013 will be his year. now MM comes along and and all of a sudden Pedro is washed up. Im sure once Pedro finished ahead of MM you will all change your mind again.



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