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Carburettor trouble stops Pedrosa at first 250 test

Carburettor trouble stops Pedrosa at first 250 test

Carburettor trouble stops Pedrosa at first 250 test

The 250cc World Championship participants gather today at the Circuit de Catalunya for the second day of official MotoGP test. The riders will try to improve their times achieved yesterday after Scot Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso clocked the best lap during the last few minutes; overcoming Dani Pedrosa who had dominated proceedings.

The World Champion decided to end his test half an hour before the end due to decreasing track temperatures, at which point he was leading the timing sheets with a circulation inside his own record, set at the GP here last season. Pedrosa stopped the chrono at 1'47"253 on his 42nd lap out of a total of 49, setting a good, consistent pace despite carburetion problems with his new Honda that limited his track time.

`The test didn't go particularly well today. We had a problem with the carburetion which meant I couldn't go out for a while. It was really noticeable in the acceleration of the bike and it's not easy to ride in these conditions. We managed to sort it out towards the end of the day but it wasn't completely fixed and, with the track temperature dropping, we decided to stop testing and wait until tomorrow´, he explained.

Teammate Hiroshi Aoyama notched the eighth best result of the day and the Japanese rider finished the afternoon quite satisfied with the standings. `Not bad for the first day. I wanted to take things steadily and take gradual steps forward. At our last test at Valencia I crashed because I was rushing. I felt more and more comfortable as the day went on but hopefully tomorrow I can improve my feeling with the bike and my lap times. The track surface is new and the grip is completely different, so we need to get used to that´.

The second session will conclude at 06:00PM. From tomorrow until Sunday all the attention will be focussed on MotoGP class.

250cc, 2005, Dani Pedrosa

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