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Okada encourages Pedrosa to try new engine

Okada encourages Pedrosa to try new engine

Recent improvements to Honda´s pneumatic valve engine have seen test rider Tadayuki Okada enthusing about the bike to his colleague Dani Pedrosa.

Repsol Honda´s Dani Pedrosa kept his post-Brno testing to a bare minimum at the beginning of the week, lapping just eleven times after failing to find any improvement with Michelin at the end of a difficult weekend, leaving HRC test rider Tadayuki Okada to test the evolving pneumatic valve-equipped RC212V alone.

Pedrosa has preferred to stick with the traditional spring valve model this season, but his team-mate Nicky Hayden has taken steps forward on the bike in recent rounds - though the American was of course absent from the Czech Republic due to a foot injury.

Okada gave the pneumatic valve RC212V its race debut in June´s GP visit to Mugello, but believes that his test work undertaken since then, and Hayden´s additional evolution of the bike, means that it is now far more competitive.

As Okada explained himself, `At Brno we tested some new steps in development, concerning both engine and electronics. In Japan we are working on both the spring valve engine and the pneumatic valve engine.´

`Since my last appearance in Italy I can say that the bike with the pneumatic valve engine has improved a lot. I think it has reached a satisfactory level.´

The experienced Japanese development rider added, `For us it improves every time we try something different. Sometimes small changes can make a big difference to what we feel. It has improved a lot now. I even told Dani, if you have the time please try it because it is better than before!´

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, Repsol Honda Team

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