Pedrosa blazes away to pole position in Catalunya

15 June 2013 - 14:30

Pedrosa blazes away to pole position in Catalunya

Dani Pedrosa seems to be riding a wave these days. An unstoppable wave, albeit only on qualifying days. Remember when he secured pole position at Mugello earlier this month? Yes, that was one dominant showing, but when race day arrived, the wave washed out just as quickly. Today though, Pedrosa was in a league of one. Like, literally.

On his very first run, Pedrosa put up a scorching lap time, one that would have landed him pole position anyway. And then, he went one step further and recorded a 1m 40.893s lap time. For the record, that was more than seven-tenths of a second faster than any other rider present at the venue, and three-tenths of a second quicker than Casey Stoner's circuit record, set in 2008. The fastest qualifying lap at Catalunya, ever. That was also Pedrosa's last run. He never returned. He didn't even need to.

Jorge Lorenzo's Yamaha developed clutch gremlins as he headed to the pits to swap bikes, and then came out to try and at least get as close to Pedrosa's time as he could, but Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Cal Crutchlow (or the capeless Man of Steel, as we like to call him) had other ideas. As it turned out, it was Crutchlow who got closest to Pedrosa's searing lap time - which was still six-tenths of a second away - and Lorenzo was content to secure third place on the front row.

The only other man to have won a race this season, Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez could only manage 6th place, trailing Gresini Honda's Alvaro Bautista, and former world champion Nicky Hayden in 4th and 5th place respectively. The third row is an all-Italian affair, with Vale Rossi, who, after topping practice sessions on Friday, came back to his usual 2013-self in a lowly 7th, leading Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso astride their Ducatis.

Three home riders in the form of Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Marquez - also the only race winners this season - vying for a victory at the home circuit. Or will an Italian gatecrash this Spanish face-off? Less than 24 hours to go...

Qualifying:
1. Dani Pedrosa
2. Cal Crutchlow
3. Jorge Lorenzo
4. Alvaro Bautista
5. Nicky Hayden
6. Marc Marquez
7. Valentino Rossi
8. Andrea Iannone
9. Andrea Dovizioso
10. Stefan Bradl
11. Bradley Smith
12. Aleix Espargaro
13. Randy De Puniet
14. Michele Pirro   
15. Hector Barbera   
16. Colin Edwards
17. Karel Abraham
18. Danilo Petrucci   
19. Claudio Corti
20. Michael Laverty   
21. Yonny Hernandez
22. Bryan Staring
23. Lukas Pesek
24. Javier Del Amor

TAGS // repsol honda, dani pedrosa, moto gp, motogp



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