Andrea Dovizioso celebrated his first MotoGP pole position at Motegi today – Dovizioso was on the pace quickly and was top of the timesheets by midway through the session. Challenges from Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner followed, but with 5 minutes of the session to go Dovizioso managed a 1’47.001 to claim pole position for tomorow’s Motegi MotoGP.
Dovizioso reflects on his first MotoGP pole position below:
“I’m really happy to be on pole position and also surprised because I didn’t expect to get so close to going under a 1m 47s lap here. This is like my second home race because it’s the home of the team, which makes it even more special to get my first pole position here. I’m also so happy about the performance of the RC212V. We’ve got the electronics working really well here – the anti-wheelie system in particular – and also the power is very strong which helps a lot. We’re looking good for the race because my style is usually not to go at my absolute maximum pace in practice and qualifying, so I’m hopeful for tomorrow. I’d like to say thanks a lot to the team because they are working really well for me. It’s the race tomorrow that really counts though, so we’ll be concentrating hard to make sure we have a strong race”.
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