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Pedrosa condition improving as Dovizioso feels off-colour

Pedrosa condition improving as Dovizioso feels off-colour

Repsol Honda riders experience varying degrees of discomfort in Assen.

Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso were both feeling at less than 100% on Thursday afternoon, although they placed in the top six in the opening free practice session for the Alice TT Assen.

Dani Pedrosa – 6th

“Riding felt much better today than it did at the last race in Barcelona which is a positive sign. Even without any painkilling injection I was able to ride with quite a good pace this afternoon so I’m very happy about that. Now, after riding, it doesn’t feel great and I have some pain, but that’s to be expected. With some ice on it and some rest tonight, I’m expecting to feel in good shape for tomorrow’s sessions. The feeling with the new chassis is good and I immediately felt much more comfortable than in Barcelona. I still need to learn more about the new chassis, but the initial feeling is positive, with improvements under braking and stability. Obviously, I need to do more laps to better understand its performance so we’ll continue with that tomorrow.”

Andrea Dovizioso – 5th

“The final result from the session was pretty reasonable - 5th place and two tenths from the front is a decent start. We’ll be looking to make some more improvements tomorrow though because I’m not totally satisfied with how the practice went and we struggled a little to find a good feeling with the bike, in particular under braking and on corner entry. Now we’ll analyse the data and come up with a plan for tomorrow, possibly working with the weight distribution to improve the set-up. It was actually quite a difficult practice session for me because I wasn’t feeling too well, so I’ll get checked out at the Clinica Mobile and be ready for tomorrow.”

MotoGP, 2009, ALICE TT ASSEN, Dani Pedrosa, Andrea Dovizioso, Repsol Honda Team

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