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Tough day for Repsol Honda team

Tough day for Repsol Honda team

Dani Pedrosa picked up a new injury in Italy on Saturday, as he and his team-mate Andrea Dovizioso qualified on the third row.

Andrea Dovizioso qualified just ahead of his Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa at Mugello on Saturday, with the Italian attempting to take the positives from the QP result whilst the Spaniard admitted he has injured himself again.

Andrea Dovizioso – 7th

“We have improved our lap time session after session, reducing the gap from the fastest riders and this is a positive move. Yesterday we had a gap of 1.3s, this morning it was one second and this afternoon we got it down to five tenths so I’m happy about that. This morning we made an adjustment to the settings which improved the feeling during corner entry. For the qualifying session we tried another modification but we didn’t get the results we expected, so we’ll need to make some changes to finalise the set-up tomorrow morning in the warm-up. I'm confident we can improve by two or three tenths but it will be difficult to consistently match the pace of the fastest riders. Tomorrow the race will be tough and really I was hoping to start from the second row. Still, I will do my best to get a good start and try not to lose contact with the first group. It’s my home race and the atmosphere here is incredible. The fans are so passionate and so I’ll be going all out to give them something to cheer about tomorrow.”

Dani Pedrosa – 8th

“Considering what happened today, eighth place on the grid is actually quite good because I was in a lot of pain on the bike and for a while it was touch and go whether I’d be able to ride at all. In this morning’s session I had a slide from the rear tyre and the bike went into quite a violent shake. During this, I pulled a muscle in my right hip really hard and maybe caused some more damage - we’ll have to check what the next scans show. But what I can say is that it was very painful and I had to stop riding immediately because the pain stopped my right leg from working properly - it was like a switch. This afternoon I had some painkillers, but it was still very difficult. It’s very hard to make a prediction for the race - I will try, but at the moment I don’t know for how long I can continue my pace - we’ll see.”

MotoGP, 2009, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA ALICE, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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