Date : 24/08/2013
Weather : Sunny intervals
Air : 21°C
Track : 30°C
Humidity : 56%
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez will start tomorrow's Czech Republic GP from 3rd position, his fifth consecutive front row and eighth of the season. Teammate Dani Pedrosa was just 0.005 off Marc and will start from 4th position for the 22 lap race.
As usual, it was a hectic qualifying session and Marc was unable to improve on his second exit with a fresh rear tyre. His time of 1'55.863 recorded on lap three on his first run placing him on the front row. On the other hand Dani, who has been struggling to find the right set up all weekend, was able to find a setting he was happy with and improve with his final flying lap and log a time of 1'55.868 on lap seven.
MARC MARQUEZ – 3rd - 1'55.863
“I'm not entirely happy because I had the confidence and determination to fight for pole! I could not take advantage of the second tyre because there was a lot of traffic and some riders were waiting for a tow. But it is what it is - one day I will look to follow them, another day it will be the opposite! With regards to the race, I feel confident as I'm comfortable on the bike and have a good foundation and good pace. If the race is dry, then I feel ready to challenge for the win”
DANI PEDROSA – 4th - 1'55.868
“The sessions were pretty difficult today, because we had trouble finding a setup that I was happy with. In the last minute we were able to improve the setup, coming up with something that is more suited to my riding and which allowed me to ride more comfortably. Still, the times for everyone have been very close throughout the weekend, so we will have to fight hard. The important thing will be holding up physically, getting a good start and having a good race -whatever the conditions”