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Jun 15

Pedrosa smashes lap record to take pole position at the Catalan Grand Prix

Round 6: Catalan MotoGP™ – Qualifying Practice

MotoGP - Dani Pedrosa - Repsol Honda - 2013 Catalan MotoGP QPFor the second consecutive race Dani Pedrosa set a new pole position record in qualifying, the Repsol Honda rider setting a remarkable lap time of 1’40.893 to claim the first slot on the grid for tomorrow’s Catalan Grand Prix.

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  • Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Medium & Hard. Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
  • Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Hard (Main), Soft (Alternative)
  • Weather: FP3 – Dry. Ambient 25-28°C; Track 37-40°C (Bridgestone measurement)
  • FP4 & QP2/1 – Dry. Ambient 32-32°C; Track 56-58°C (Bridgestone measurement)

Pedrosa’s storming lap saw him qualify more than six-tenths of a second ahead of his nearest rival, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 M1 of Cal Crutchlow whose best time of 1’41.608 placed him in second position. Rounding out the front row of the grid in third place and 0.065 seconds adrift of Crutchlow was Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo. Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro was the best CRT qualifier, his time of 1’42.878 placing him twelfth overall.

Yesterday’s hot weather intensified today with track temperatures soaring to 58°C in QP1. Many riders took to task in the free practice sessions to evaluate both options of rear slick, and amongst the works riders the consensus is that despite the extremely high track temperatures, the superior edge grip of the softer rear slick has the better overall performance at this circuit which features prolonged periods at high lean angles. With many fast and flowing corners, the harder front slick is preferred due to its more stable feel.

Tomorrow’s Warm Up session at 0940 local time (GMT +2) will give riders a last opportunity to decide on tyre choice for the twenty-five lap race which commences at 1400..

Shinji Aoki – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department

“We had another very hot day today and many riders took the opportunity to test both rear tyre options in today’s free practice sessions. The feedback we received is that the harder rear slick gave better drive out of corners, but with the riders spending so much time at high lean angles, the greater edge grip of the softer rear slick is the better performing option around this circuit. Also, the track condition improved today so the consistency of lap times of the softer rear on long runs was better, so I think many works riders are planning on using this option for tomorrow’s race – even in these very hot conditions. Front tyre choice for the race is clearer with the harder option being preferred by almost everyone.”

Catalan MotoGP™ QP 2 times (1435-1450 GMT +2) – Riders that qualified from QP1 shaded in gray
Pos
Rider
Team
QP2 Time
Gap
1
Dani PEDROSA
Repsol Honda Team
1’40.893
 
2
Cal CRUTCHLOW
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
1’41.501
0.608
3
Jorge LORENZO
Yamaha Factory Racing
1’41.566
0.673
4
Alvaro BAUTISTA
GO&FUN Honda Gresini
1’41.714
0.821
5
Nicky HAYDEN
Ducati Team
1’41.800
0.907
6
Marc MARQUEZ
Repsol Honda Team
1’41.842
0.949
7
Valentino ROSSI
Yamaha Factory Racing
1’41.959
1.066
8
Andrea IANNONE
Energy T.I. Pramac Racing
1’41.963
1.070
9
Andrea DOVIZIOSO
Ducati Team
1’42.053
1.160
10
Stefan BRADL
LCR Honda MotoGP
1’42.090
1.197
11
Bradley SMITH
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
1’42.548
1.655
12
Aleix ESPARGARO
Power Electronics Aspar
1’42.878
1.985
 
 

source: bsmotorsport.com, bridgestonemotorsport.com