Front row start for Casey in Valencia
Casey Stoner will start from the front row at tomorrow’s Valencia GP, after finishing third in qualifying today.
As happened yesterday in the second free practice session, after overnight rain many riders chose not to go out on track this morning at the start of the run, waiting for the asphalt to dry completely. It was not until the last ten minutes, with the track nearly dry, when the whole grid went out to put down a few laps.
Dani Pedrosa was the man who had the best lap from the time available and set the fastest time of the morning, with a margin of more than six tenths over second place whilst Casey finished in ninth, after completing just four laps.
In a hotly contested qualifying session, Pedrosa and Stoner provided along with Jorge Lorenzo, a battle for pole position. In a thrilling closing dice of the session, all three rider took turns at the top of the timesheets, until Pedrosa finally won out.
The Repsol rider was the only man able to break the 1Ã¢â‚¬â„¢31 barrier, taking a new lap record of 1Ã¢â‚¬â„¢30.844. Casey will accompany the Spaniard on the first row of the grid after finishing third, 584 thousandths of a second down on Pedrosa.
“Qualifying didn’t really go to plan, it was a pretty frustrating session. Due to the miserable weather this weekend, we had a lot of work to do in a very short space of time, we did make some good progress but unfortunately we couldn’t find enough before the end of the session. There is a new surface here and we expected everything to be really good and smooth but in fact we’ve found there are a lot of bumps on the circuit. Now I’m thinking how we can improve the bike and get everything working a little easier. We need to adapt the electronics to allow me to be less restricted on this track so I can ride how I want to. Hopefully the weather is dry tomorrow and we can take that extra step in warm up.”
Source: Repsol Media