Bird strike as Pedrosa completes 20-lap run

Constructive second day in Phillip Island for Pedrosa
Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Tuesday saw Dani Pedrosa suffer a problem similar to that of Jorge Lorenzo during qualifying for last year’s Australian Grand Prix, as the Repsol Honda Team rider struck a bird during the second day of this week’s Tyre Safety Test at Phillip Island.

Pedrosa ended the day in second position for on the sole Honda, in the process completing a 20-lap run despite the bird strike.

“Today we tried two more tyres with a different construction - but with the same compound - and the feeling was not great with them,” Pedrosa admitted. “In any case, we picked the best of what we have tried over the past two days and put in 20 laps with those tyres. That experiment worked rather well, but it's really Bridgestone who have to analyse the data and give us their feedback for us to work with tomorrow.”

27-lap race simulations are the target on the third and final day, although rain is set to hit the Australian circuit. Pedrosa is the only Repsol Honda representative as World Champion Marc Marquez continues to recover from a broken leg at home in Spain.

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