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Contrasting fortunes for Repsol Honda pair

Contrasting fortunes for Repsol Honda pair

Dani Pedrosa made a great start to his Alice Grand Prix de France weekend by setting the pace in Friday´s free practice sessions, but his Repsol Honda team-mate Nicky Hayden had a more difficult day.

MotoGP World Championship leader Dani Pedrosa was the fastest rider present at Le Mans on Friday with a hot lap of 1´34.227, whilst his colleague Nicky Hayden ended up 12th fastest.

With showers predicted for tomorrow, there was extra pressure on the team to find the best-possible set-up during today´s two one-hour outings, Pedrosa looking superbly smooth and controlled around the historic French circuit, while Hayden worked to improve corner-entry performance.

Dani Pedrosa - 1st

`We worked very hard today because we heard that the weather forecast for tomorrow isn´t so good. At least we did get two hours of dry track time, which we dedicated to quickly finding a good basic set-up and then doing some work on tyre choice for Sunday´s race. The revised part of the circuit seems quite bumpy, so I ran straight on there several times during the day, same as a few other riders. Overall I´m feeling quite happy about my machine after this first day but we must keep our heads down and keep working hard because the top few riders are all very close together on lap times.´

Nicky Hayden - 12th

`Things didn´t go as smooth as we´d have liked today. Braking at this track is so important and I don´t have a good feeling when I´m braking. Straight line or leaned over, the front end doesn´t feel so good. I don´t know why, but I was hurting a little bit in that area in China too. We´re basically a full second off the pace and that´s a lot on a 1 minute 34 lap, so we need to sort something overnight.´

MotoGP, 2008, ALICE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Repsol Honda Team

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