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Pedrosa: “Times were a little slower than we had expected”

Pedrosa: “Times were a little slower than we had expected”

Second place on Friday offered Dani Pedrosa hope for the remainder of the weekend, his Qatar issues subdued.

While many riders and teams struggled immensely in the hot and slippery conditions of the Termas de Rio Hondo on Friday, Dani Pedrosa was able to excel. The Repsol Honda Team rider was able to lap the track in an impressive 1’41.604, putting him second behind his teammate Marc Marquez. The Qatar GP was not what Pedrosa had wanted and a return to the front of the field gave him not only a confidence boost, but also hope that not all of the 2016 season will be as difficult as Qatar was. Pedrosa also played it safe and used several tyres to guarantee himself a spot in the top ten incase the predicted rain comes on Saturday.

Pedrosa was one of four Hondas in the top five, almost all of the RC213Vs able to overcome the tricky conditions. But Pedrosa clearly has an advantage over the likes of Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) and Jack Miller (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS), more than half a second clear of the pair. Heavy rain is predicted on both Saturday and Sunday and could certainly throw up surprises, Pedrosa has a decidedly mixed record in the rain. Things are so far progressing well at the Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina for Pedrosa, just his second visit to the track.

Dani Pedrosa: “On this first day we were able to ride on a dry track, and we saw that it was very dirty. It was a little difficult and the times were a little slower than we had expected. However, we worked as hard as we could with the setup of the bike, and we also made several tyre tests in case it will be raining tomorrow. It was a positive day, but as always we will try to keep improving."

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MotoGP, 2016, GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA, FP2, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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