Valentino Rossi put on his best ever qualifying performance on a 1,000cc Ducati today in putting his GP12 onto the second row in 6th position. Rossi steadily dropped his times over the sessions to end up less than half a second off of the front row.
Under a grey sky, with a constant threat of rain that never materialized during the sessions, Valentino Rossi made the second row, enjoying his best qualifying performance of the season so far.
In addition to posting the sixth-best time overall, the Italian has steadily improved his own performance over the course of the weekend, riding consistently and at a good pace in every session.
Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team) 6th (1:56.735)
“Since Friday morning, things have gone better here at Brno. We’ve managed to be faster and more competitive than normal and, most importantly, to work on the bike well, improving session by session. This afternoon we managed to do a good ‘time attack,’ so we’re generally pretty pleased. It’s important that we’ll be able to start from the second row in the race because it makes things a little easier. The times in our group are very close, but we’ll have to see what conditions we’ll have tomorrow and what our race pace will be. Anyway, I like the track a lot, and if we can manage to perfect a couple more details with the setup, we can try and have some fun.”
Jorge Lorenzo looked impressive as he broke the qualifying record, itself set by Valentino Rossi in 2009, and recorded a string of fast laps in the low to mid 1’56 range. Cal Crutchlow was second fastest also posting a time below the old Rossi record. Dani Pedrosa took third place on the grid on just the last lap using his second and less preferred bike after an earlier crash. Pedrosa really needs to beat Lorenzo regularly now if he is to overhaul his fellow Spaniard in the title chase.
Cardion AB rider Karel Abraham will start 9th saving his best qualifying position of the season for his home race at the circuit his father owns. With Nicky Hayden out due to injury, the only other Ducati on the grid is the injured Hector Barbera’s Pramac machine ridden by Toni Elias who will start 13th behind 3 CRT bikes.
Ducati fans will be hoping that Valentino can convert his best start into a best dry finish this season which to date is 5th at Mugello.
Source: Edited Ducati Corse Release
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