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Pedrosa and Hayden show respective strengths at Motegi

Pedrosa and Hayden show respective strengths at Motegi

Repsol Honda´s Nicky Hayden topped the timesheets in the damp morning session at Motegi, whilst Dani Pedrosa ascended to second in the dry afternoon run.

Following the wet Indianapolis weekend, the Repsol Honda riders were presented with less extreme conditions on Friday in Japan. Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa both took their respective turns at the business end of the timesheet during the day.

Dani Pedrosa - Second

`Track conditions were quite difficult this morning, so I struggled a bit. This afternoon everything improved. The track dried out, so we were able to start working towards the race, improving our machine set-up and especially trying the different tyres from our allocation. We found some good grip out there, but we need some more time to find the ideal combination for this track, because I am still finding the limit of the Bridgestone tyres. I am feeling better and better, and we want to keep working hard to get the best set-up because this is such an important race for us.´

Nicky Hayden - Seventh

`This year, it wouldn´t be a GP weekend without a little bit of rain. Things felt awesome this morning. The bike set-up was quite similar to what we had at Indy, so the bike, the tyres, everything was working really good. I was quite fast, but it looks like the weather is going to clear up for the rest of the weekend. This afternoon things weren´t quite as great. The track looked a little patchy, so I just did one lap on intermediates when we went to slicks, the track came in quite quick. The bike felt okay in the dry but not great, though with just a few more tenths I would be quite a lot higher up the order. This track I sometimes struggle a bit in the dry. I´m close on all the splits but I´ve definitely got some work to do. I wasn´t completely happy with the set-up, the balance felt wrong, the way it was pitching back and forth into and out of the corners. I´ll try to give my guys some good information, so hopefully they can help me out and make it a bit easier tomorrow.´

MotoGP, 2008, A-STYLE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda Team

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