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Pedrosa feeling more stable after new fork addition

Pedrosa feeling more stable after new fork addition

Dani Pedrosa found improvements to a lack of front end stability on Saturday, but Nicky Hayden was unable to make such strides.

A new Showa front fork gave Dani Pedrosa a welcome boost as he took a second row spot for Sunday´s race at Misano, whilst Repsol Honda teammate Nicky Hayden was unable to solve his own front end problem. The American finished sixteenth in the qualifying session

Dani Pedrosa - Sixth

I am quite happy because we have improved my lap times and tomorrow I will start from the second row, in the same grid position as last year here. It will be important to make a good start because the first corner is very close to the grid and also quite tricky. I´ve improved my rhythm and this is really important to me because I am starting to go fast again. We worked a lot on the suspension today, the new fork gives me a positive feeling and it gives smoother performance during braking. I´m feeling very motivated but I still need some time to get back up to full speed.´

Nicky Hayden - Sixteenth

`Things haven´t gone perfectly smooth here, I´m having a few issues with the front. I was pushing the front quite a lot yesterday, then I crashed and today it's still pushing. When we put in qualifying tyres it just exaggerated the problem, so I´ve been struggling to find a front tyre I like, though the rear seems to be working pretty good here. Obviously I don´t have a very good starting spot and at 28 laps it's going to be a long race. We´re going to try a few more ideas in morning warm-up, try to get a good start and try to salvage some kind of result. The heel is okay, not perfect, but I knew it wasn't going to be easy.´

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MotoGP, 2008, GP CINZANO DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda Team

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