Front end set-up tweaks propel Pedrosa forward

Test Sepang2: repsol honda valoration after day 2
Thursday, 27 February 2014

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa attributed his afternoon improvement in Sepang on Thursday to some ‘big changes’ on his bike and a tweaked front end set-up, which aided his leap to a 2’00.039 best time.

 

The Spanish rider had been stranded in the unfamiliar territory of 11th spot on the timesheet earlier in the day and was uncomfortable on the RC213V before his crew made some key set-up changes.

Pedrosa was still suffering from some jet-lag and had a quiet morning, only completing 15 laps. In the afternoon he began to work properly, focusing on setup of the front of his Honda prototype and also with mappings, completing 57 laps with a fastest time on lap 55.

“Things went well this afternoon,” reflected Pedrosa. “Even though this morning we were still having some issues and I wasn't able to ride comfortably. I had to stop early in order to make some big changes to the bike, and when we restarted after lunch I felt more comfortable and put in better laps.”

He added, “We focused on the front end and were able to find a good setup. Tomorrow we will focus on making progress with the rear, because we have to get the new tyre working better and increase grip. If all goes well, then perhaps tomorrow we will be able to do a race simulation.”

On Friday, the final day in Sepang, Pedrosa will switch to work on rear setup before he and his team head to Australia for the final winter three-day test.

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