Date : 07/07/2012
Weather : Wet
Temperature : Air: 17ºC, Ground : 22ºC
Humidity : 97%
The Sachsenring circuit today played host to a very exciting and tricky qualifying session, where once again the Repsol Honda Team have finished at the top.
In a full wet session that saw four different polemen within the last 15 seconds, Casey Stoner took the best lap time with 1'31.796 to claim his fourth pole of the season and Dani Pedrosa finishing third with 1'32.081, securing a very important front row spot for tomorrow's race.
CASEY STONER – 1st - 1'31.796
"It was actually a very difficult session. We started off well and then we switched to our number one bike with a completely different set up and that felt a lot better. On the first lap, I matched my best time I did on my second bike, then unfortunately on the second lap the engine gave up. We're not too sure what happened, if it was something electrical or if some water got in there, but we'll find out later. This put us on the back foot a little because as soon as we came back and got the tyres ready on the second bike, it started to rain hard again so we knew we wouldn't be able to get a better lap time in those conditions. We decided to wait for later in the session as we knew we wouldn't have much hope unless the conditions improved a little, and luckily they did. It ended up being a really good day for us and we'll see what we're capable of tomorrow".
DANI PEDROSA – 3rd - 1'32.081
"I'm very happy with this qualifying session. It was difficult, especially at the beginning as it was raining very hard and we had so much water on the asphalt, it was difficult to stop the bike spinning and aquaplaning. It was crucial to be ready at the end when the rain stopped because everybody was improving their lap times and in one lap you could be first or sixth. I'm very happy because in the past in these kind of sessions we didn't get a good result. But this time, I was more confident every lap and we made it; I thought I got the pole in my last flying lap, but anyway to be at the front is key in Sachsenring. Yesterday we also had a good feeling in the dry, and it looks like we will have a dry race tomorrow, so it will be importa nt to make the right choice on tyres and try the hard compound in the warm up to compare with the soft we tried on Friday".