Casey Takes 6th Pole Of The Season At Sachsenring
Another step ahead for the Repsol riders in the MotoGP World Championship after the second day of practice at the German Grand Prix. In the all-important qualifying session, Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa achieved the two fastest times of the day, which will allow them to lead tomorrow’s starting grid, where their team mate at the Repsol Honda Team, Andrea Dovizioso, will start from the second row, with the sixth fastest time.
It was the sixth time this season that Stoner sets the fastest time in qualifying, showing again his good relationship with the Repsol Honda RC212V, even in a circuit as unusual as Sachsenring. The Repsol rider finished 27 laps keeping a very good pace in race configuration and, by the end of the session, he took another step ahead and set a time of 1 minute, 21 seconds y 681 thousandths, a register no other rider was able to improve.
252 thousandths behind that time finished Dani Pedrosa. Improving lap after lap following the recovery process of his right collarbone that was fractured in France, the Repsol rider showed why he has four victories on this track. Pedrosa did 54 laps (22 in the free session and 32 in the qualifying), completing nearly 200 kilometres that showed he has improved his feelings on the bike and allowed him to take a position in the first row of tomorrow’s starting grid.
A grid where Andrea Dovizioso will be in sixth position after setting a fastest time of 1 minute, 22 seconds and 157 thousandths, 476 behind the time set by Stoner. Dovizioso completed the morning’s free practice session in fifth place, but despite improving nearly three tenths from the morning and riding most of the qualifying in the top five did not allow him to improve his position in the final classification.
FP3 – 1:22.386, 21 laps, 77 km.
QP – 1:21.681, 27 laps, 100 km.
“After the crash on Friday my confidence was dented a little and we struggled to get enough data, so we’ve been playing catch up all day today.
This morning we made a few small steps forward but not really enough, the guys in front of us were just consistently that little bit faster and we were finding it hard to match their pace. We completed a lot of laps on one tyre this morning, in fact over race distance on a tyre I did one of my fastest laps on so this was certainly positive.
Then this afternoon we kept trying different directions on both bikes and every step we made on each bike, we took big steps forward so we’re pretty happy with the set up we have now. The lap times are very close here so it will be a tough race and hard to take any real advantage.
However, I’m very happy and positive we can still slightly improve tomorrow morning so thanks to all my team for a great job”.