Pedrosa and Márquez fastest at Jerez

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Repsol Honda Team riders will start from first and second place on the starting grid for the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez.

Dani Pedrosa at Jerez 2017
Pedrosa and Márquez fastest at Jerez

This pole at Jerez is probably one of the best of my career


Dani Pedrosa


Dani Pedrosa has been fastest in 3 of the 4 practice sessions held this weekend, including qualifying.

The Repsol Honda rider has taken 29 poles in MotoGP, tied with 500cc legend Kevin Schwantz for premier class pole positions. He holds 47 in all classes.

Marc Márquez was fastest in FP4, completing more laps in the 1:39 range than any other rider (6).

Dani Pedrosa

This was probably one of the best poles of my career because it was a really hard battle. It was a strategic end of the session with Marc there right behind me, so for a moment I wasn’t sure if I should push or not. There was no choice anyway, so I just went for it. I’m very happy because our main target for the GP was to be on the front row. The feeling was really good, and it has been good all weekend, so I told myself, Okay, let’s try it. It has been a while since I’ve led in qualifying; I’ve struggled a lot last season so I’m very happy with today. Thanks to the team for the hard work, and I’m also happy for Honda. It looks like we’re doing really well so let’s focus for tomorrow and do the best we can!

Marc Márquez

Dani has been really strong and fast today, and all weekend honestly. For that reason, I tried to follow him during the final laps in qualifying, to learn what he was doing differently! I was able to do a very good lap time and that was my target, to get a front-row start because I’ve been struggling a bit here with the fast lap. I’m happy because it looks like we’re getting better and better. Today in FP4 we were able to set a very good pace and we’re very satisfied with that. Normally this circuit is not one of the best for our bike and for my riding style, but it looks like our plans are working well. We’re improving in the areas we’re working on, and that’s also important in view of the coming races at the other European tracks. Anyway, now we must think about tomorrow; race day is always different but we’ll try to manage well.

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