SEPANG – Repsol Honda Team’s riders swept the top two places in qualifying for tomorrow’s Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix race day.
Dani Pedrosa snatched pole position ahead of team mate and reigning champion, Marc Marquez in today’s qualifying.
The 30-year-old Spaniard clocked a fastest lap of one minute and 59.053 seconds to edge Marquez in claiming his first pole of the 2015 season.
In third position will be championship leader, Italy’s Valentino Rossi, who will start in the front row ahead of his Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team mate, Spain’s Jorge Lorenzo, who was just 0.011s behind.
“I am happy to get the pole and hope for a good start tomorrow,” said Pedrosa, who took the Malaysian Grand Prix pole in 2011.
Pedrosa, who won in Japan two weeks ago, once again showed the competitiveness he had exhibited during yesterday’s practice session.
He noted that his team would continue to focus on the tyre selection for tomorrow’s race as the weather at Sepang Circuit is hard to predict.
“We will have to concentrate a lot in the race, because the tyres are suffering at this track so there is the possibility of making mistakes, and we must be attentive on every lap,” said Pedrosa.
Meanwhile, Rossi, who is the crowd favourite, noted that his team had worked hard in setting up his bike which enabled him to produced good results.
“To start in the front row will help me in the tough race. Anything can happen,” said the 36-year-old Italian.
Rossi currently tops the world championship standings with 296 points, while Lorenzo is 11 points behind with 285 points.
He cand secure the MotoGP world championship title this weekend if he wins the race and Lorenzo finishes no higher than a fifth placing. But if Rossi finishes in second place, the Italian will need Lorenzo to be outside the top
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