Date : 15/09/2012
Weather : Dry
Temperature : Air: 21ºC, Ground: 30ºC
Humidity : 67%
Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa scored his 4th pole of 2012 in a hectic Qualifying session for tomorrow's San Marino Grand Prix. The last time Dani took the pole position in Misano was in 2010, when he completed a perfect weekend: pole, circuit record and victory. He is now the most successful Spanish rider of all time in pole positions in the premier class with 23, and equals Max Biaggi in sixth position overall.
Dani squeezed out Jorge Lorenzo by 0.018s to steal pole on his final flying lap of the 60 minute session, during which both sides of the Repsol Honda garage worked non-stop to make up for lost time caused by bad weather yesterday and in this morning's FP3.
Dani's team-mate, Jonathan Rea, taking part in his first MotoGP race weekend, progressed throughout the session and will start from 9th position alongside Ben Spies and Andrea Dovizioso.
In tomorrow's 28 lap race, Dani will be looking for his 3rd consecutive win and to close the gap to Jorge Lorenzo, and Jonathan will aim to further his experience on the RC213V MotoGP machine.
DANI PEDROSA – 1st - 1'33.857
"It was a pretty tight session and no time to rest as we had to test the tyres, suspension and find some settings, as well as finding some feeling for myself! At the end we managed a good lap to take pole, which is very important as the first part of the circuit is very tight, so a good start is necessary. The setting on the bike is good so I hope to have a good race tomorrow. Thanks to all my team, we did a very good job in a very short time after a strange weekend due to the weather conditions, but we remained focused to have a good qualifying session and be ready for tomorrow's race".
JONATHAN REA – 9th - 1'35.358
"I woke up this morning pretty stressed after yesterday's missed sessions and then FP3 was also pretty useless so I've got to be happy with a 3rd row start and my goal was top 10. I'm learning something on every single run and the team did a great job on translating my feedback to give me good settings on the bike. I'm taking things step-by-step and the limit is still quite a way off, but I don't really want to find that limit just yet, I'm taking my time. I want to thank Repsol Honda for this opportunity, I'm really enjoying the experience and don't want it to end! I know tomorrow's race is going to be tough, I just want go out, give my best and have a clean race. I'm pretty nervous but when the lights go out I'll be in race mode and we' ll see what happens".