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Pedrosa surprised by pain in shoulder

Dani Pedrosa was the quickest Repsol Honda Team rider in the Czech Republic on Friday, but admits to being surprised by the amount of pain with his injured shoulder.

The Spaniard continues to recover from the broken left collarbone he sustained at the Sachsenring, but did not expect to remain in quite so much discomfort at Brno.

"We have two good sessions today," Pedrosa explained. "I didn’t feel as physically perfect as I expected but hope I am able to recover a little (tonight) – have a massage and have a better feeling tomorrow. We only worked with the softer rear; it doesn’t look like the conditions are really good for the harder one at the moment, so we will see how track conditions are tomorrow."

As last year’s Brno winner Pedrosa ended Friday proceedings in third place, teammate and championship leader Marc Marquez was fifth on the timesheets.

"I expected it to be a bit worse, even before coming here," Marquez admitted. "Yamaha have already done a test (during the mid-season break). Sometimes, we have struggled a little bit here, but with this bike I feel quite good so I am happy and the pace is not so bad. We still need to improve with many things and do a good job tomorrow but, even so, I’m happy so we’ll see how it goes."

Last year’s Czech event was claimed by Pedrosa, who fought off Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo in a contest that went down the final corner of the race.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2013, Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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