Andrea Dovizioso had another solid performance in the MotoGP qualifying session at Sepang today and consistently put in laps at under two minutes and three seconds, registering a best time of 2 minutes, 1 second and 829 milliseconds, just 292 milliseconds off the pole position claimed by Jorge Lorenzo.
Dovizioso is once again the sole Repsol Honoda rider as Dani Pedrosa was declared unfit to race after breaking his collarbone at Motegi.
Dovi gives his thoughts below on the qualifying session at Sepang.
Andrea Dovizioso 2’01.829 sec, 22 laps
“It’s always important to be on the front row – and this was actually more satisfying than the pole position in Japan because the conditions were so extreme today. The level of riders and bikes in MotoGP is so high and so the front row also means we have done a really good job so far this weekend. We have moved things on from where we were in Japan and improved our electronic set-up again – we’ve found a good direction, which is really positive.
I want to say thank you to my team and to HRC for working hard to achieve this. It’s going to be a tough race because it’s so hot here, but I’m looking forward to it. For tomorrow it’s difficult to understand how the race will pan out – we’ll have to study the lap times from today to get a feeling for our rivals’ performance; qualifying doesn’t always give you the real picture of what everyone’s race pace will be. In terms of tyre choice, I think it will be the hard option for us”
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