Pedrosa delighted with Honda improvement

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Dani Pedrosa is delighted with the improvement in his Repsol Honda bike this season after securing pole position in front of his home fans.

Pedrosa will start from the front of the grid at the Spanish MotoGP after setting the fastest lap late in Q2 to pip fellow countryman Jorge Lorenzo.

It’s the second pole position of the season for the 31-year-old, who has been delighted with the progress made by Honda.

“I’m very happy because taking pole is always very difficult, and doing it in front of your home fans is just amazing,” he said.

“Last year we struggled a lot in qualifying, while this season we’ve already earned two poles, so I wish to thank my team for the good work.

“We’ve worked really hard on this aspect, and we’re getting better and better.”

Pedrosa believes tyre wear will be the crucial factor in Sunday’s race after the qualifying sessions were characterised by scorching temperatures.

“The conditions were quite difficult today, especially for the tyres as it was very hot and the grip wasn’t the best,” he added.

“We tried to manage the situation as well as possible, working a lot on the setup to improve tyre life.”