Those who expected to see Marc Marquez and his Honda ahead of the rest in Jerez were disappointed. Indeed, because the fastest factory bike was Dani Pedrosa’s. The Spaniard came very close to doing the job in front of his home fans, but in the end he had to settle for second place behind Crutchlow.
“I am happy to be on the front row on this track and at the same time surprised because the times are so close – Dani began – I wasn’t so sure that I was fast, because you have to be explosive in qualifying and, as you know, I am coming from an arm injury.”
As for the race, the rider’s physical conditions are keeping him in check.
“It’s hard to say what my condition will be at the end of the race. I will certainly try to take some pain killers to have less pain – he admitted – I tried to do several laps in FP4 to regain strength in my arm, although I had some pain. I must say that compared to Austin I feel better.”
Looking at the gaps on Saturday, compared to Texas it will be an entirely different story.
“This track is very different from the one in Texas. In fact, pace will be fundamental – he analysed – Having two less laps will undoubtedly be positives and I say that with my physical condition in mind.”
The final comment concerns the temperature.
“In the morning you can go faster with the cooler temperatures – he concluded – whereas in the afternoon the situation changes, since there is less grip on the track.”