MotoGP Sepang: Dovizioso able to win 'in all conditions'

MotoGP Sepang: Dovizioso able to win 'in all conditions'

MotoGP Sepang: Dovizioso able to win 'in all conditions'

Honda's Dani Pedrosa topped an incredible qualifying shootout at the Sepang International Circuit, with the front row split by only 0.024 seconds.

The factory Ducati rider has been quick in both wet and dry practices this weekend but says it is more hard to know who can challenge should it rain tomorrow as the field has only had one practice - which he topped by half a second.

He said: "Here in the past I've had some ups and downs, it's not one of my best tracks but I have a good advantage".

However, he crashed his preferred RC213V at the final corner on his first flying lap and was resigned to his second bike for the rest of the Q2 shoot-out.

"We went right, it was not the correct direction".

"Looks like at the moment Dani and Dovi have the best rhythm and then I am among a few riders that can fight for the podium", said the Honda rider.

"You can say Dani has the same bike, but Dani in some circuits have some difficulties, he is struggling much more than me".

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"I'm very happy with this pole, which is our third this year". Then we sorted things out and I felt really good on the bike again in FP4, but in qualifying I crashed on my first run, which completely changed our plans.

"There are two races remaining, and we'll try to be on a good level and think about the Championship - but if I need to fight, I will fight".

Marquez can clinch the title with a win or second place this weekend.

"In qualifying I did an nearly ideal lap, and this gave me an vast satisfaction!"

Yamaha's Italian riders Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales, and Jorge Lorenzo of Spain (in that order) will start the race from the second row of the grid.

Row three is occupied by Alex Rins and Andrea Iannone, who line up alongside (having qualified just behind) seventh-placed Marquez. He had managed to keep his bike in control despite a front-end slide on turn one going wrong.

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