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Repsol Honda pair enjoy Donington rain

Repsol Honda pair enjoy Donington rain

Repsol Honda riders Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa made a bright start to the Nickel & Dime British Grand Prix despite the grey and wet conditions at Donington Park on Friday.

Repsol Honda riders Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa made a bright start to the Nickel & Dime British Grand Prix despite the grey and wet conditions at Donington Park on Friday.

The talented pair finished in first and second positions in the afternoon free practice, with Pedrosa topping the timesheets in the rain.

World Champion Hayden was in fact second quickest in both sessions and his morning time meant he was second overall on the first day of the Grand Prix, just 0.032s behind the pretender to his crown Casey Stoner who set the pace in the first free practice session.

Although Hayden knows he need to start winning races and perform in all kinds of weather conditions, it is a significant improvement for the American rider - as one of his best Friday performances so far in his difficult title defence.

The Kentucky Kid commented: "It was a pretty wet, cold, slippery, nasty day out there, but that's probably as much fun as I've had on the bike since Valencia last year. So I'm not going to complain about cold fingers! The conditions were varying a bit and there were times when the rain was heavier than others, but overall my bike felt pretty good in the wet and I had a good feeling. I feel like we've got a really good start to the weekend. Hopefully if it does dry out we can carry it over to those conditions too."

Meanwhile, last year's race winner Pedrosa added: "I've been improving in the wet this year and it's something I've been working on and thinking about, so it's nice to finish on top of the timesheets in a wet session for the first time – I'm happy about that."

"Today it was raining all day so we had two hours of practice to look for the right set-up and tyres for these conditions. The feeling from the bike is good and today has been useful. It's a good start to the weekend but there's a long way to go and we have to keep our concentration because things could change tomorrow and we must be ready for this."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, NICKEL & DIME BRITISH GRAND PRIX, FP2, Repsol Honda Team

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