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Pedrosa takes stock of Indy

Pedrosa takes stock of Indy

The Repsol Honda rider was on the pace in the opening Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix practice finishing fourth, and outlined his aims for Saturday’s second session and qualifying.

Dani Pedrosa spent the hour-long practice narrowing down the set-up options for his Honda RC212V and finished the session in fourth position. Pedrosa initially struggled a little to find his rhythm as he searched for more rear grip in the hot conditions, before upping his pace in the latter half of the session. With the bumps and surface changes at this track presenting a particular set of problems to the MotoGP riders, Pedrosa then chose to stay out on track and work on his line in order to understand the best approach for the Indy circuit. The 24-year-old Spaniard, who was fastest in all three practice sessions at Indianapolis last year, is confident that tomorrow he can close the half second gap to today’s fast rider, Casey Stoner.

Dani Pedrosa – 4th

“This track is very bumpy and also you can really feel the changes in the surface, but this is no different to last year. Today the big difference was that the temperature of the asphalt was higher and this made it quite slippery. We were lacking a little traction at the rear and we also have to improve our set-up on the brakes - so this is our homework for tomorrow. At the beginning of the session I struggled to get into a good rhythm and to feel comfortable in these conditions, so in the second half of the session I stayed out on the bike to better understand the right line and where the bumps are. I tried only the softer option Bridgestone today so tomorrow I will ride with the hard one because the right tyre choice will be very important for the race of course. I think we can make progress tomorrow.”

Repsol Honda press release

Tags:
MotoGP, 2010, RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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