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Third and fifth for Pedrosa and Dovizioso on day one

Third and fifth for Pedrosa and Dovizioso on day one

The Repsol Honda team will be looking to step up a notch on Saturday at the Gran Premio Cinzano di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini.

Dani Pedrosa was fastest all through the weekend at the last round at Indianapolis and looked set for victory until he crashed out of the race lead, but on Friday at Misano he made a good step on the road to recovery from that costly accident as he went round third quickest in FP1.

Reflecting on the session the talented Spaniard noted, “My pace was quite good during this first session and I’m sure there’s still more to come. We spent some time testing the Bridgestone tyre options and working on general set-up today, and I’m reasonably happy with how it went for most of the session. It was very hot out there and I think the temperature is due to fall later in the weekend so we’ll have to be prepared to adapt our settings for that.”

On how he will look to reduce his lap times on Saturday Pedrosa added, “We can improve further I think because on my last run out we had a small problem with the radiator cap which broke and spilt some water on my hands, so I lost the final run and wasn’t able to improve my lap time at the end of the session. Still, this means we should be able to close the gap to the front tomorrow because my feeling from the machine was good today.”

At a circuit where he competed several times as a youngster, Pedrosa’s Italian team-mate Andrea Dovizioso was fifth best on Friday. He enjoyed the day, stating afterwards, “It was great to get back out on track at Misano because this place holds so many memories for me and you can feel the special atmosphere in the paddock - even on Friday.”

Referring to his new suspension suppliers, he went on to say, “We made some good progress today and, although it’s early days, we got some useful information riding with Ohlins for the first time here. The biggest thing you notice about this circuit is the bumps because they are quite severe even on the straight, which means it takes a while to dial the machine in and prevent it from wheelieing too much. We still have plenty of work to do in a few areas to find the right set-up, but this was a positive start to the weekend.”

MotoGP, 2009, GP CINZANO DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, Andrea Dovizioso, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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