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Pedrosa sixth fastest overall, Hayden on top in rain

Pedrosa sixth fastest overall, Hayden on top in rain

Dani Pedrosa had a solid first day in Australia, whereas Nicky Hayden was outside the top ten in the dry opening run and then headed the timesheet in the afternoon rain.

Repsol Honda colleagues, until the end of the current campaign that is, Dani Pedrosa and Nicky Hayden had mixed results on the first day of free practice at Phillip Island.

Dani Pedrosa – sixth

`I am feeling quite confident so far because we´ve had a useful first day of practice and the bike seems to be working fine. Of course, we do need to keep working hard and improve our race pace, especially in the dry, because (Casey) Stoner was really fast in the dry this morning. In particular we need to work on the balance of the bike, which is very important here. This afternoon in the wet, I started out quite cautiously, then started to push a bit harder towards the end of the session. My times improved lap by lap and I needed two or three more laps to finish in a better position. Anyway, I´m quite happy. I hope that the weather is kind to us tomorrow, so that we can continue working in machine set-up on a dry racetrack.´

Nicky Hayden - eleventh

`This morning it wasn´t great to be in eleventh, but this afternoon it was nice to be fastest in the wet and consistently really quick at the end, things were feeling really good. My best rain lap time was only seven seconds slower than my best this morning, and it was real wet, so that´s down to some good Michelin rain tyres. But honestly I could have done with some more dry track time to sort out some problems we had this morning. I was struggling with traction, and without traction here you´re not going anywhere. We have got some things to try with the bike set-up, which we couldn´t try so much in the wet, but hopefully we can use tomorrow. I need to be going faster in the dry, we´ve definitely got some work to do, so we´ll keep pushing and see what the weather does tomorrow. I love this track, I love racing at speed, it´s a great thrill, I just need to find some edge grip. If we can find that I can be fast in the dry too.´

MotoGP, 2008, AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Dani Pedrosa, Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda Team

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