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Michele Pirro qualifies fifth for TIM San Marino GP at Misano. Iannone and Dovizioso seventh and eighth

12 Gran Bretaña 27,28, 29 y 30 de agosto de 2015. Circuito de Silverstone. MotoGP; mgp; motogp

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Michele Pirro, test-rider for the Ducati Test Team and entered as a wild-card for this race, set the fifth-quickest time in qualifying and will start from row 2 for the TIM San Marino Grand Prix, which will be held on Sunday at the Misano World Circuit.

The Ducati Team’s two factory riders, Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso, will start the 28-lap race from the third row of the grid after setting seventh and eighth-quickest times respectively.

In the morning’s FP3 session, decisive for access into Q2, Dovizioso was fourth quickest, while Pirro was sixth and Iannone eighth, results that put all three Ducati Team riders straight into the final qualifying session.

The 30-minute pre-qualifying FP4 session in the early afternoon ended with Dovizioso fourth, Iannone eighth and Pirro, who also had a harmless crash, in eleventh.

All three Ducati riders, who went out on soft rear tyres, set their quickest laps on their second exit: Pirro’s time of 1’32.736 was good enough for fifth place and the second row, while Iannone (1’32.821) and Dovizioso (1’32.934) had to settle for seventh and eighth places and so will line up together on row 3 for the thirteenth round of the season.

Michele Pirro (Ducati Team #51) – 1’32.736 (5th)

“I am very pleased because we have always been in amongst the top positions throughout the entire weekend and a row 2 start from fifth place is a fantastic result. It wasn’t easy to achieve, even though I believed I could do it, and above all merit must go to the team, who did an incredible job. I want to thank Claudio Domenicali, Gigi Dall’Igna and everyone who made possible my presence here as wild-card, giving me the opportunity to show how quick I am.”

Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team #29) – 1’32.821 (7th)

“Overall today for me was better than yesterday. We are still struggling in some parts of the track and we have to understand how to improve some aspects. To be honest I’m not happy with my Q2 because I was not able to do a perfect lap. Today I could only use two soft tyres and in the end I found I had more confidence with the hard one. But there are no excuses, when the time comes to do a quick time you have to do it and I was not able to because of a few small errors in T1 which made me lose precious time. What is important now is to be set up well for tomorrow, get a good start and try and do a good race.”

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 1’32.934 (8th)

“Pity about my qualifying but I didn’t do a perfect lap. I feel sure I could have got into fourth or fifth place and so I’m disappointed, because the second row is important. However we managed to improve our performance in FP4 in race set-up and so tomorrow, with a good start, I feel sure we can be competitive.”