Casey Qualifies Strong Third For Czech Republic GP At Brno
After the great level shown by Dani Pedrosa yesterday in the first day of practice at the Brno Circuit, the Repsol rider confirmed his excellent performance by setting the fastest time of the Qualifying session held this afternoon. Pedrosa will start from the first position of a grid where Casey Stoner will also be in the first row and Andrea Dovizioso in the third after the seventh fastest time he achieved today.
The rain that fell during the night and part of the morning had an effect on the third free practice, which was held with the track still wet, despite the rain having stopped. Under those conditions, at the beginning of the session Casey Stoner crashed on the third corner when he had only done two laps. Despite having to be stopped in the box for some minutes, the Australian completed 13 laps and set the fastest time, while Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso finished in fourth and eighth position respectively.
In the qualifying session and with the track completely dry, Pedrosa took the initiative once again. He was the first one to ride in the 1 minute 57 seconds and, as it happened yesterday, Casey Stoner was the one to push the Spaniard to do his best, as he was the only rider able to lap in the same second as his team mate. As minutes went by, Jorge Lorenzo and even Ben Spies started to set similar times, although 15 minutes from the end Pedrosa recovered the first position on the times sheet, with a time of 1 minute, 56 seconds and 660 thousandths.
Jorge Lorenzo tried to improve his time, but despite keeping a good pace for several laps he was not able to get the pole position, and also saw how his countryman improved his time in a last lap riding to the limit. In the end, Pedrosa finished 113 thousandths ahead of the Yamaha rider and 269 ahead of his team mate at the Repsol Honda Team, Casey Stoner.
Andrea Dovizioso will start from the third row, as, with a fastest time of 1 minute, 57 seconds and 442 thousandths, he finished less than one second behind his team mate.
FP3 – 2:07.321, 13 laps, 70 km.
QP – 1:56.860, 20 laps, 108 km.
“We hoped after yesterday that we could improve the feeling in the bike this morning but unfortunately it was a wet session, so we couldn’t use it as we would have liked to.
Also, the session didn’t start too well with a fast crash in turn three which lost us some time and obviously dented my confidence a little. Then this afternoon we started to get a little more feedback from the bike, but all in all we didn’t really make a big step forward or improve it significantly from yesterday’s first session.
We seem to be getting more and more chatter as the weekend progresses and the more I push the more it increases and the slower I get, so it’s a little frustrating. I felt qualifying could have been better, we almost lapped with the same time on old and new tyres but in general we have a lot of work to do.
We’re obviously happy with front row, but we’re not really where we want to be with the bike and there is still a lot of work to do. We’re looking forward to tomorrow and I’m sure we can find some improvements in time for the race”.