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Leitner on Pedrosa´s test crash

Leitner on Pedrosa´s test crash

motogp.com spoke to Dani Pedrosa´s chief mechanic about the Catalunya race-winner´s testing crash at the track on Monday.

Having seen Repsol Honda´s Dani Pedrosa bounce back from adversity before, Mike Leitner will be confident in the Catalan rider´s chances of maintaining his current form after escaping serious injury in a heavy crash at the Circuit de Catalunya, the day after winning at the track in Sunday´s seventh race of 2008.

Pedrosa has been highly consistent thus far this season despite injuring his hand in winter testing in Malaysia and it is hoped that he will be unaffected by his latest accident after highsiding at turn two of the Barcelona circuit on Monday, meaning he missed Tuesday´s testing due to a bruised back and now requires 48 hours of complete rest to recover.

Commenting on the incident, Leitner said, `The crash was quite big and he says he lost a little concentration and had a big highside. He had a lot of pain, so they went to hospital to make a complete check.´

Monday had given Pedrosa another brief opportunity to test the updated pneumatic valve from HRC, but a fault on the new machine he was using meant he switched back to a standard bike before having the crash, prompting Leitner to add, `We tested the new engine on two runs, but there is not so much feedback to give yet because we planned to have a meeting in the evening and we couldn´t have it as everything had to stop.´

With Pedrosa getting strong results with his spring valve-equipped RC212V Leitner was asked how important incorporating the updated pneumatic valve model into their GP package will be in order to keep winning races, to which he responded, `At the moment we are already quite happy with the bike we have.´

`Mugello and Barcelona were the tracks where we needed more power, though we saw that we could win anyway and that was a big surprise for us because we are missing top-end power compared to the others. I think it (winning) won´t be as related to much to top-end power at places like Donington and Sachsenring.´

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

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