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Pedrosa gives opening impressions after practice

Pedrosa gives opening impressions after practice

The Spanish rider of the Repsol Honda team was sixth fastest in the first practice at Silverstone as he measured up the new circuit.

Dani Pedrosa is going for his first back-to-back premier class wins this weekend at the AirAsia British Grand Prix, and the Spaniard got his first taste of the track he will try to achieve the feat on in the opening practice on Friday.

Pedrosa took a methodical approach to learning the layout and gradually improved his lap times as he took the new track in, ending up with a fastest time of 2’07.586 to place sixth in the session.

“It’s quite good fun to ride at this circuit - and it’s also pretty bumpy,” explained Pedrosa. “You can feel the difference between the old and the new parts of the track because the old sections are bumpy and slippery whereas the new sections are quite good. There are two or three very fast corners and some long straights, and obviously we’ve started with an approximation of the right gearing and we will need to adjust this a little bit.”

Pedrosa’s RC212V was the fastest machine through the speed trap in the session, recording a top speed of 310.8km/h, and he continued: “I think that the lap times will be very different tomorrow. At the beginning of the session we had a lot of traffic because everyone was checking the track. I didn’t really push today for a lap time - I preferred to check my braking points and get my bearings. The circuit was also quite dirty especially at the start of the session, but I think it will improve tomorrow and the times will come down a lot.”

MotoGP, 2010, AIRASIA BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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