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Pedrosa engine noise no pressing problem

Pedrosa engine noise no pressing problem

Spaniard´s Chief Mechanic, Mike Leitner, not worried about Pedrosa sound concern after Shanghai showdown.

The leader of the MotoGP World Championship for the second time this season, Dani Pedrosa was once again on the podium in the Pramac Grand Prix of China. The Spaniard finished second to Fiat Yamaha´s Valentino Rossi in a two-horse race for victory, pinpointing a warning call from his Honda engine as the reason for his drop in pace late on in Shanghai.

Said problem may have ended his pursuit of his Italian rival, but Honda will be investigating the feedback given by their rider with an eye on consolidating Pedrosa´s championship lead. The Spaniard´s Chief Mechanic, Mike Leitner, says that first impressions indicate no issue with the RC212V motor, the standard version of which is still being used by the factory riders.

`The first information that Dani gave us was that he heard a strange noise from the engine side. We have to analyse what happened, but maybe it was just a sound problem,´ reviewed Leitner in the immediate aftermath of the Shanghai race.

`He felt that he would have to push to catch Valentino, so thought it best to keep the engine performance up. Generally, we are very happy with second place.´

Pedrosa´s longtime mentor Alberto Puig also paid tribute to his charge´s pace.

`I think that the race was very fast and, although Dani couldn´t make it in the end, we are happy with the points,´ said the former premier class rider, before comparing the performance level of the Honda with the Teams Championship leading Yamaha M1.

`We´re not there yet. I wouldn´t say that we´re not happy though. We want to be up there soon,´ said Puig.

MotoGP, 2008, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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