MotoGP, Mugello, difficult qualifying for Repsol Honda leaves Pedrosa 7th and Marquez 13th


After a positive final practice session where Dani Pedrosa finished 2nd and Marc Marquez 5th, the Repsol Honda riders were not able to carry this momentum into qualifying for tomorrow’s Italian GP. Dani, who made a big step from yesterday, pre-qualified for Q2 and was the first out on track – taking provisional pole. He was consistently fast and improved on his second run, but with such a small gap separating the riders he was unable to place higher than 7th with his time of 1’46.875, just 0.3 seconds off pole position. Marc had a small crash in turn one during FP4 having already missed out on pre-qualifying for Q2 by 0.022 seconds. Therefore he had to take part in Q1 where he suffered heavily with rear grip and his time of 1’47.240 did not promote him to Q2, leaving him on the 5th row in 13th for tomorrow’s 23 lap race. (

Dani Pedrosa – 7TH  1’46.875

Today went a little better. We were able to improve unnamedour pace, go faster and place a little higher up in the standings. We have taken a step forward with our lap time. However, the timesheet was very tight and we didn’t get a very good position on the grid so tomorrow we will need to get a good start.

Marc Marquez – 13TH  1’47.240

We can’t be happy about today, because this was unnamed (1)the worst qualifying result that we have had in MotoGP. Starting in the morning, we didn’t use the new tyre and that took us into Q1 -in which we had a problem that prevented us from progressing to Q2. Nevertheless, I think we have a good pace for tomorrow, although it is clear that starting from so far back we will suffer a lot. We will try to make a good start and opening few laps to get into the leading group.

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team 1’46.489
2 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’46.584
3 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team 1’46.610
4 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR CWM LCR Honda 1’46.657
5 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1’46.854
6 PIRRO Michele 51 ITA Ducati Team 1’46.870
7 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1’46.875
8 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’46.923
9 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1’46.934
10 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’47.050
11 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’47.090
12 HERNANDEZ Yonny 68 COL Pramac Racing 1’47.423
13 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1’47.240
14 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Pramac Racing 1’47.497
15 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing 1’47.978
16 BRADL Stefan 6 GER Athina Forward Racing 1’48.047
17 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1’48.120
18 BAZ Loris 76 FRA Athina Forward Racing 1’48.133
19 HAYDEN Nicky 69 USA Aspar MotoGP Team 1’48.298
20 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE AB Motoracing 1’48.366
21 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’48.477
22 DI MEGLIO Mike 63 FRA Avintia Racing 1’48.503
23 MILLER Jack 43 AUS CWM LCR Honda 1’48.572