Mugello MotoGP: Pedrosa Steals Pole from Lorenzo

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa

2013 Mugello MotoGP Qualifying Results

In a last lap effort that broke the Mugello circuit record, Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa ousted the reigning MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo for the pole position at the Grand Prix of Italy.

Pedrosa, who took over the points lead from teammate Marc Marquez after winning at Le Mans two weeks ago, progressively got quicker throughout the four practice session.

He finished just behind Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo in the third free practice, and then led the fourth session. And Pedrosa was able to carry this momentum into qualifying, posting a 1:47.157 to take the 25th pole of his career. This time beat his old pole record set last year at the circuit aboard the Honda RC213V (1:47.284).

Joining Pedrosa on the front row will be Lorenzo, who finished 0.069 of a second, and the man who is dealing with neck pain due to a crash Friday, Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso. The Italian finished 0.471 of a second back.

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V MotoGP) says: “Today the track conditions were good, the tires worked well and we improved the bike. All this helped us a lot to increase our pace and this is the most important thing.

“Qualifying was difficult, because we were behind for a large part of the session, but we managed a great last lap and took pole. Now we have some ideas to improve the bike for tomorrow and hope to have a strong race.”

Lorenzo was quickest most of the qualifying 2 session, breaking the lap record on his first full lap at speed. But the last-lap effort by Pedrosa robbed Lorenzo from taking the pole.

Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing YZR-M1 MotoGP) says: “We still suffer a little bit when the weather is hotter, we don’t have the same grip. Even with this issue we have been competitive though, in the free practice and also in the qualifying.

“I was surprised to be so fast in the first lap when I made a 47.6. I was also surprised about the lap time from Marquez on his first try and also the lap time from Dani. I thought the 47.2 lap was enough for pole position but Dani was faster so it wasn’t.

“The important thing is to make a good start tomorrow, to get in front and to go away if possible. If not possible, the race is long and we have to be consistent. We have to improve some small details but in general the bike is better here than at the other tracks.”

As for Dovi, he was on pain killers due to his neck pain. Regardless, he took his second consecutive front-row start on the Ducati GP13.

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team GP13 MotoGP) says: “It feels incredible to make it onto the first row at Mugello, especially as a Ducati rider! It was one of my goals, but I still can’t believe it, particularly after yesterday’s crash.

“The Clinica Mobile and my physiotherapist did a really good job of making my neck feel better, which gave me the opportunity to push hard in qualifying. It still bothers me, but I can push at almost 100 percent, and because yesterday I didn’t even know if I’d be able to race, I’m very happy.

“We worked really well this morning, improving the setup a little, and I was pretty fast this afternoon, but when the tires wear a little our pace isn’t good enough to fight for the podium. Anyway, we’ll try to do our best to get a good result tomorrow for Ducati and all our fans.”

Though he is still riding with a broken leg, Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow will head up the front row. The Brit broke his leg at Le Mans, but went on to take his best MotoGP-career finish – second behind Pedrosa.

Crutchlow suffered a crash during Qualifying, but reported it had a positive side because he preferred the setup on the second bike. Joining the Italian on the second row will be LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl and the rookie Marquez. As for the Spaniard Marquez, he crashed in the first three free practices, but made it into Q2 after dominating Q1.

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi, who donned a turtle-inspired helmet at Mugello, fell to seventh in the final moments of qualifying. The local favorite, who like his teammate Lorenzo has three premier-class wins at the circuit, says many riders used the slipstream to get pass him in qualifying, though he was satisfied with his YZR-M1’s pace.

Rossi qualified ahead of Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden and Go & Fun Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista.

Michele Pirro achieved the first top ten qualifying result for the Ducati GP13 Lab bike, leading the fourth row from Tech 3’s Bradley Smith and Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro, who unlike on previous occasions had headed directly to Q2.

Failing to pass through to Q2 on his second bike, Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone will start his first premier class home Grand Prix from 13th place, although teammate Ben Spies has pulled out of the weekend as he continues to suffer pain with a pectoral muscle.

Accompanying Iannone on Row 5 will be Randy de Puniet (14th) and Hector Barbera (15th) for their respective Aspar and Avintia Blusens outfits. Gresini CRT runner Bryan Staring managed 22nd position on his 26th birthday, one spot ahead of Avintia’s Hiroshi Aoyama who had endured two accidents earlier on in the day.

The MotoGP riders will return to the Mugello Circuit Sunday for a warm-up session ahead of the Grand Prix of Italy, which will be broadcast on SPEED TV at 7:30 a.m. EDT Sunday, June 2, preceded by a new half-hour show titled “MotoGP Rewind.”

2013 Mugello MotoGP Qualifying Results:

1 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 340.5 1’47.157
2 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 338.7 1’47.226 0.069 / 0.069
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 341.0 1’47.628 0.471 / 0.402
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 340.0 1’47.632 0.475 / 0.004
5 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 340.8 1’47.737 0.580 / 0.105
6 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 338.4 1’47.763 0.606 / 0.026
7 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 340.6 1’47.872 0.715 / 0.109
8 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 339.8 1’48.006 0.849 / 0.134
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 342.9 1’48.355 1.198 / 0.349
10 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ducati Test Team Ducati 341.8 1’48.564 1.407 / 0.209
11 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 333.9 1’48.706 1.549 / 0.142
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 330.5 1’48.765 1.608 / 0.059
13 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 339.9 1’49.265 0.741 / 0.405
14 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 316.9 1’49.266 0.742 / 0.001
15 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Blusens FTR 322.1 1’49.847 1.323 / 0.581
16 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 313.0 1’50.518 1.994 / 0.671
17 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 321.7 1’50.701 2.177 / 0.183
18 71 Claudio CORTI ITA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 321.7 1’50.729 2.205 / 0.028
19 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 320.7 1’50.787 2.263 / 0.058
20 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing ART 322.6 1’51.089 2.565 / 0.302
21 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Paul Bird Motorsport ART 316.9 1’51.239 2.715 / 0.150
22 67 Bryan STARING AUS GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda 319.3 1’51.981 3.457 / 0.742
23 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Avintia Blusens FTR 317.0 1’52.148 3.624 / 0.167
24 52 Lukas PESEK CZE Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 312.5 1’52.345 3.821 / 0.197
11 Ben SPIES USA Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati


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