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Pedrosa hoping for improvement on Saturday

Pedrosa hoping for improvement on Saturday

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa was clearly affected by his hip injury in Friday practice at his home GP, whereas his team-mate Andrea Dovizioso had a positive day.

Dani Pedrosa was unable to ride at 100% at the Gran Premi Cinzano de Catalunya on Friday due to his problematic right hip and the 23-year-old Spaniard, who won last year’s Barcelona race, ended up two seconds off the pace in Free Practice 1.

It was a more productive day for his team-mate Andrea Dovizioso, however, as the Italian finished the hour-long session in a competitive fourth place, just 0.646s back from pace-setter, Valentino Rossi.

Andrea Dovizioso – 4th

"Today’s result was pretty good and we are not too far from the front which is encouraging - though we still need to close the gap. This afternoon we worked on the set-up of the bike to improve the handling during corner entry and in the turn, which remains our main issue. We tried a different set-up solution on the second bike that worked well and I was able to improve the lap time and reduce the gap to the frontrunners. Fourth place today is a good start but we are still too far from the first three top riders, so we’ll continue to work on this tomorrow."

Dani Pedrosa – 14th

"It’s my home race and already the atmosphere and support is incredible, but of course this wasn’t one of the best days of riding for me. I had a pain-killing injection before I rode this afternoon but it’s still very uncomfortable on the bike and this means I wasn’t able to ride at my normal pace. MotoGP machines are very physical to ride - it’s not like a street bike - so it’s tough when you are not at full strength. It’s frustrating because this is one of my favourite circuits of the season and also one where I have had a lot of good results. However, we certainly aren’t going to give up. It’s a long season and although today didn’t go too well, we’ll come back tomorrow and see what we can do."

MotoGP, 2009, GRAN PREMI CINZANO DE CATALUNYA, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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