Saturday, 25 November, 2017

Pedrosa on pole in Malaysia MotoGP as Marquez crashes

MotoGP Petrucci I would like to help Dovizioso at Sepang Dovizioso says he will fight for Moto GP title till the end
Elias Hubbard | 29 October, 2017, 03:03

But it wasn't a runaway qualifying session; Pedrosa finished a mere 0.017 of a second ahead of Monster Yamaha Tech3's Johann Zarco, and 0.024 of a second ahead of Dovizioso.

Marquez said, "We're not at our best at the moment, but I think our race pace is better then our qualifying position".

Pole-sitter Pedrosa is hoping the race remains dry - Malaysia is known for its weather swings, and making the dry to wet shift is more tricky for riders than fighting humid and sultry conditions. "This morning we made a small mistake with the setup and lost the direction a little bit", said Marquez after the race at the Sepang International Circuit.

"Both tires worked very well in qualifying, so I was able to find the rhythm on my first flying lap and set a good time, and then I pushed harder and improved on my second run".

"I'm very happy with this pole, which is our third this year".

"In FP4 I started to feel again the (good) feeling with the bike, but the thing is when I went out in Q2, I went out with that bike, I crashed". But we'll see, maybe tomorrow during the afternoon, rain changes everything so we need to see how we can manage.

"In qualifying I did an nearly flawless lap, and this gave me an vast satisfaction!"

Yamaha's Italian riders Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales, and Jorge Lorenzo of Spain (in that order) will start the race from the second row of the grid. Marc Marquez was seventh, denting his hopes of lifting the 2017 championship tomorrow after crashing out of the session, leading the third row from the Suzuki pair of Alex Rins and Andrea Iannone.

"We are there, three or four riders who can fight for the podium". And if things go wrong in Malaysia, he would still have a distinct advantage going into his "home" Grand Prix - the Valencia GP - on November 12.

"In the wet we are very competitive but with just one practice it wasn't easy to understand the speed of everybody and Marc was quite fast".

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