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Testing takes toll on MotoGP rookies

Testing takes toll on MotoGP rookies

Testing takes toll on MotoGP rookies

The move to the MotoGP class has proved to be a steep learning curve for the rookies who took part in the test at Sepang this week with young riders such as Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner having their eyes opened as to the physical demands of the big thumpers.

As Pedrosa has stated many times since he his switch to the MotoGP class, the jump to the premier class is much more demanding than the 'natural' switch from 125cc to 250cc bikes. The Spaniard insists that he has not undertaken any specific training to build up his body strength and will instead focus on adapting the RC211V to shape and stature.

Although he posted some promising lap times during the three-day test, Pedrosa clocked up less laps than the other riders and only went out on short bursts as he quickly became tired.

Stoner also had a hard time trying to tame his 150kg machine. The Aussie, testing with the Honda Pons team, also concentrated on short runs punctuated by breaks to enable him to recover. By the end of the second day he was suffering from arm-pump problems and came back to his hotel early to get massaged. The Australian revealed that he found braking the most demanding area and plans to work on his physical strength between now and January.

MotoGP, 2005

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