SEPANG – Italian rider, Andrea Dovizioso secured his second pole position of the season by topping the qualifying session in MotoGP class at the Malaysian MotoGP at Sepang Circuit, today.
The 30-year-old rider clocked 2 minutes 11.485 seconds in the humid conditions at the 5.5km length circuit, ahead of two Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders — Valentino Rossi of Italy and Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo — who came in second and third respectively after clocking 2:11.731 seconds and 2:11.787 seconds.
Reigning world champion, Spaniard Marc Marquez of Repsol Honda Team will start from fourth position on the starting grid for tomorrow’s race after posting 2 minutes:11.874 seconds.
For the record, Dovizioso claimed his first pole position in the eighth leg of MotoGP World Championship race held at Assen Circuit in the Netherlands in June.
Speaking to reporters afterwards, Dovizioso said that he was delighted to see his strategy to change the rear tyre work well and hopes for a better result in tomorrow’s race.
“The condition of the track is very difficult to predict but I’m really happy to make to pole position.
“After one lap, I decided to come into the paddock to change from soft tyre to hard rear tyre since I was struggling with the soft tyre on the track and it helped me a lot,” Dovizioso added.
Sharing the same views was Rossi who was proud to finish second best as he managed to improved his timing compared to free practice four where he clocked 2 minutes 12.602 seconds.
“Second place is quite good for me compared to the free practice four where the team technical crews made major changes in the setting and also the brake of my engine,” said the nine-time MotoGP World Champion. – BERNAMA