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Pedrosa returns to reality

Pedrosa returns to reality

Pedrosa returns to reality

250cc World Champion Dani Pedrosa returned to quarter-litre duty at Valencia this afternoon after his brief sojourn on the Honda RC211V MotoGP bike at the same circuit on Monday. Pedrosa concentrated on tests with the 2004 version chassis used this season by his team-mate Hiroshi Aoyama whilst the Japanese rider had the opportunity to try the chassis previously used by the Spaniard.

The Telefonica Movistar Honda team, who were joined by factory test rider Kamada, packed up after the test and will continue with their preseason schedule on the 24th and 25th November in Jerez and the 29th and 30th November at Valencia.

"Honda asked me to go back onto the bike which Aoyama has ridden this year, which I haven't used, but the conclusions are very similar," said Pedrosa, who ran up 32 laps with a best time of 1'37"7. "I'm not too keen on this chassis and I don't feel as comfortable as with the one with which I won the championship."

Aoyama ended the session with a 1'36"9 after 48 laps - 34 of those, including his best time, using Pedrosa's chassis. "I had never had the opportunity to test the chassis which Dani used and the truth is that I really liked it," he said.

"At the start the feeling is really different but within a few laps I felt better. The bike is easier to ride and the improvement is quicker. We still don't have the perfect setting for me but even so it was a pleasant surprise."

250cc, 2004, Dani Pedrosa

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