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Pedrosa: “You never usually have these conditions”

Pedrosa: “You never usually have these conditions”

A cautious approach for Dani Pedrosa as the second MotoGP™ test of the year gets underway in wet conditions.

Phillip Island lived up to its reputation of having four seasons in a day on Wednesday as MotoGP™ World Championship riders descended on the Australian circuit for their second test of 2016. Dani Pedrosa, and the majority of the field, chose to sit out the opening hour of the test to see if conditions improved. When it became apparent conditions would not change in the immediate future, the Repsol Honda rider was the first on track. This outing gave Pedrosa and the team a chance to test the new Michelin tyres and spec ECU in the wet, having never done so. Although the track did dry at various points, Pedrosa did not improve on his best time in the wet and ended the day in 17th.

Dani Pedrosa: “Today it rained almost all day ‒especially in the morning‒ and when I saw that the track was completely wet I decided to go out, because at this track you never usually have these conditions, due to the strong wind that always dries the asphalt quickly. The feeling was good and it was a positive run, because I did a few laps in these different conditions to test the bike, electronics and tyres at the same time. Everything was different from what we had before, so we have to go step-by-step. I would have liked to have put in more laps in the wet, but eventually part of the circuit dried out and the track was neither fully dry nor fully wet. Some riders went out on slicks, but it was still raining a little and the conditions weren’t easy, so we preferred to stay in the garage. Instead, we will go back out again tomorrow to check everything if the weather improves."

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MotoGP, 2016, PHILLIP ISLAND MOTOGP™ OFFICIAL TEST, T1, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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