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Tyres and set-up focal points for Repsol Honda

Tyres and set-up focal points for Repsol Honda

Dani Pedrosa and Nicky Hayden were representing Repsol Honda on a solitary day of post-race testing in Le Mans, with the former recording the fastest time of Monday´s run.

The quickest time of the Monday post-race test in Le Mans went to Dani Pedrosa, although the Spaniard perhaps flattered to deceive with a Michelin qualifying tyre used to record his 1´33.106 lap. However, fast one-off laps were not the focus of the day for either Pedrosa or his Repsol Honda team-mate Nicky Hayden, as they worked on race fronts and chassis set-ups.

Qualifying appears not to be too much of a worry for Pedrosa, who took pole position at the Alice Grand Prix de France. The race itself ended with relegation to fourth, but Pedrosa left Le Mans in high spirits after his Monday run.

`I think we made some positive steps today. We focused on the front end, looking to improve feeling, so I tested several different front tyres and tried several different set-up solutions. I also tried some different electronics settings,´ explained the current third-placed rider.

`I´m quite satisfied, we´ve learned a few things that should be useful at the next few races. It was difficult sometimes because the weather was quite cold, but finally it worked out okay. At the end of the day I used a qualifying tyre because we had to test something for qualifying. Now I'm looking forward to Mugello, a great track with an incredible atmosphere, where I hope we can have a better race.

One of the biggest clichés in MotoGP is the fact that Nicky Hayden invariably puts in the most track time in testing. Born from truth, it was the case again in Le Mans on the American´s only post-race session, although he was brutally honest about the comparative lack of progression made on Monday.

`It was a hard weekend, today we found a couple of band aids for the problems we´ve had here. We only tested with race tyres and we improved our pace. I was able to go quicker than we went yesterday but still not enough. We tried a lot of solutions and I can´t really say we really found any cures for the braking stability and for getting the bike to enter the corner better,´ admitted Hayden, whose next outing onboard a bike will be in a demonstration lap at this weekend´s Indy 500.

`We went through a lot of stuff which at least we can now rule out. We tried mainly setting changes and a few tyres, which could possibly work well for us at other tracks, which we needed to get a little bit of data on. It looked like the sky could open up any time, it stayed dry but it wasn´t a day for the beach! I feel a little better now, so hopefully Mugello will go smoother for us.´

Neither Pedrosa nor Hayden will be testing on Tuesday in France, electing to rest up ahead of the June 1st Gran Premio d´Italia Alice.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, Nicky Hayden, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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