Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa will start tomorrow’s final GP of the season from 3rd on the grid, with teammate and 2014 World Champion in 5th after a small crash on his final exit in qualifying.

Variable windy conditions once again plagued the Valencia track and finding the optimum setup has been a difficult job. Marc had a small crash this morning in FP3 but had been fastest in every session so far this weekend and both riders were in a prime position for qualifying after finishing 1st and 2nd in the final FP4 session. However, as qualifying began the wind swept in and created tricky conditions. Dani made a few small mistakes on his first exit but in his second run he was able to improve and his lap time of 1’30.999 (lap 9/9) places him in 3rd – just 0.156 seconds off pole.

On his final lap Marc was on a fast lap, with a session best first sector but lost the front coming into turn four. Unable to get back to the garage in time, Marc had to settle with his time of 1’31.144 (lap 6/6) and missed out on a front row start for the final GP of 2014 by just 0.145 seconds.

Tomorrow’s race is expected to be a closely fought battle with eleven riders within 0.643 seconds of each other. With a 29 point lead over their rivals in the Team Championship, the Repsol Honda Team could win the Triple Crown tomorrow if Marc and Dani don’t lose more that 16 points to Lorenzo and Rossi.

Dani Pedrosa

“It was a difficult qualifying because there was much more wind than in the morning session. That made it hard to calculate the entry to corners and when to brake. As a result, I made a few mistakes and couldn't set a good lap at the beginning. Later, when I took the corners with a better line, the tyres were more worn down. At the end I was able to find those two tenths necessary to get onto the front row, so tomorrow we need to make the most of the position and have a good race.”

Marc Marquez

“On the one hand I'm happy, because we have a great pace and a great setup for tomorrow, but on the other hand I am a little annoyed that I made a mistake in qualifying. I apologise to the team, because we could have fought for pole position. I made one mistake on the first stint and another on the second, causing me to crash. You learn from these things and I'll go out tomorrow looking to enjoy the race, because we are ready to battle for the win.”

MotoGP 2014
Qualifying Round 18   Valencia

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'30.843
2 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1'30.975
3 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'30.999
4 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'31.049
5 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'31.144
6 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'31.307
7 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'31.324
8 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR Ducati Team Ducati 1'31.359
9 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'31.426
10 Bradl Stefan 6 GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1'31.443
11 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1'31.486
12 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Ducati Ducati 1'32.617
13 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda 1'32.160
14 Redding Scott 45 GBR Go & Fun Honda Gresini Honda 1'32.315
15 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL Pramac Racing Ducati 1'32.321
16 Hayden Nicky 69 USA Aspar Team Honda 1'32.395
17 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 1'32.443
18 Aoyama Hiroshi 7 JPN Aspar Team Honda 1'32.449
19 De Angelis Alex 15 RSM Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1'32.453
20 De Puniet Randy 14 FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 1'32.509
21 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo IodaRacing Team ART 1'32.683
22 Laverty Michael 70 GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 1'32.808
23 Abraham Karel 17 CZE AB Motoracing Honda 1'33.019
24 Parkes Broc 23 AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 1'33.972
25 Di Meglio Mike 63 FRA Avintia Racing Avintia 1'34.510
Location Information

The Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana was completed in 1999 and held rounds of the MotoGP and Spanish Motorcycle Championships in the same year. The Cheste track has several layouts, running anti-clockwise with varying lengths. MotoGP events are held on a 4km track comprising of five right handed corners, eight… read more.

Length 4.005 kilometres / 2.489 miles
Width 12 metres
Left corners 9
Right corners 5
Longest straight 0.876 kilometres / 0.544 miles
Constructed 1999

Circuito de la Comunidad Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, Cheste, Spain - View in Google Maps

www.circuitvalencia.com

Records

Pole Position 1m 29.401s (161.2km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
Race Lap 1m 31.171s (158.1km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
Race Time 45m 54.228s (157 km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2016)
2016 Race Winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)