Pedrosa on pole at Catalunya with record lap

IAIN ROGERS
Last updated 02:00 16/06/2013
Pedrosa
Reuters
FOR THE RECORD: Dani Pedrosa set a lap record to claim pole for the MotoGP Catalunya Grand Prix.

Relevant offers

Motorsport

Scott Dixon fourth in Indy 500 won by Juan Pablo Montoya Kiwi rally driver Hayden Paddon closes gap on world's best at Rally Portugal Nico Rosberg thanks luck for Monaco Grand Prix victory Max Verstappen cops five place penalty for Canadian Grand Prix Bernie Ecclestone tells Nico Rosberg that Lewis Hamilton is better for F1 business Scott Dixon wins almost $1 million for finishing fourth at Indy 500 Josiah Natzke second at MXGP of Great Britain Scott Dixon records second fastest time in Indy 500 practice session New Zealand driver Richie Stanaway wins maiden GP2 race in Monte Carlo Hayden Paddon slips from sixth in WRC Rally Portugal

Championship leader Dani Pedrosa grabbed pole position for tomorrow's Catalunya grand prix when he recorded the fastest ever lap at Montmelo near Barcelona today.

Spaniard Pedrosa delighted the home fans thronging the circuit in sweltering heat with a blistering time of 1:40.893 on his Honda.

Yamaha pilot Cal Crutchlow of Britain was second fastest, with Pedrosa's compatriot, world champion Jorge Lorenzo, third quickest on another Yamaha.

"It's a difficult circuit, above all when it is so hot," Pedrosa said in an interview with Spanish television broadcaster Cuatro.

"We got a good lap in but even more pleasing is that we have improved in terms of rhythm and that is the most important factor here," added the 27-year-old. "I am happy to have set the record in front of all my fans."

Pedrosa's time beat the previous record of 1:41.186 set by former world champion Casey Stoner of Australia in 2008.

After five races, Pedrosa tops the standings on 103 points, with Lorenzo second on 91 and Pedrosa's team mate, Spanish rookie Marc Marquez, third on 77.

Marquez was sixth quickest on Saturday, behind Alvaro Bautista in fourth and Nicky Hayden in fifth.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who is your favourite V8 Supercars driver?

Scott McLaughlin

Shane Van Gisbergen

Fabian Coulthard

Jamie Whincup

Mark Winterbottom

Craig Lowndes

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content

Blog