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Pedrosa puts crash down to asphalt joint

Pedrosa puts crash down to asphalt joint

Dani Pedrosa and Nicky Hayden both cite surface slipperiness after Friday practices.

A light crash in the afternoon practice session took the shine off Dani Pedrosa´s timesheet-topping performance, something that the Repsol Honda rider put down to an asphalt joint on the Circuit de Catalunya. Teammate Nicky Hayden came in ninth, and also highlighted a few surface problems.

Dani Pedrosa - First

`We started practice this morning using the set-up from Mugello. We tried various different chassis settings and we also tried a few different tyres for the race. This morning the asphalt was quite dirty, and although the track conditions improved a bit this afternoon the surface was still dirty off-line. Also, this track is quite bumpy, from the F1 cars. Late this afternoon I crashed at turn five. There´s a joint in the asphalt there, I hit the bump and lost the front. Fortunately I wasn't hurt and I was able to continue riding. We had two dry sessions today which was good. Tomorrow we will continue tuning the set-up and testing tyres for the race.´

Nicky Hayden - Ninth

`Today hasn't been the smoothest. There´s a lot of long corners here, so we´ve been trying to get a bit of rear traction, that´s what we're working on. We´ve tried a few things and we had something we were going to try on the second bike this afternoon but we lost a bit of time with that bike. There´s been a lot of rain here the last couple of days, this morning the track was a bit damp off line, with a little bit of water sitting in the kerbs, which made them pretty slippery. This afternoon the weather was perfect but the track was still a little slippery off-line.´

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, GRAN PREMI CINZANO DE CATALUNYA, Dani Pedrosa, Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda Team

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