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Pedrosa content with speedy Bridgestone debut

Pedrosa content with speedy Bridgestone debut

Dani Pedrosa was happy with his first day of testing with Bridgestone at Misano, but warned that he will need time to adjust.

Not getting carried away with himself after making an immediate improvement at Misano, Dani Pedrosa emphasised that his timesheet-topping first session with Bridgestone tyres was simply a good start on a long road to competitiveness and comfort with his new rubber.

The Spaniard posted a 1´34.652 lap during the Monday session, much faster than anything performed with his Michelin-shod Repsol Honda RC212V on raceday. He dedicated the maiden session with the Japanese tyre fabricant to performing the same kind of adjustments that the likes of 2008 Bridgestone new boy Valentino Rossi had to make at the beginning of the season, with the difference being the proximity of his switch to the next round - September 14th´s Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.

`It´s still very early days with Bridgestone, but overall I´m happy with how this day of testing went,´ began Pedrosa´s assessment of the five hour test. `However, getting the right set-up when switching to new tyres takes a lot of work and we need time to adjust our bike and make the whole package perform well.´

The exact designation of Bridgestone technicians has yet to be finalised, but for the Indianapolis date Pedrosa will be aided by former rider-turned-field-engineer Klaus Nohles. Duties for Nohles will be split between the Repsol Honda rider and San Carlo Honda Gresini´s Shinya Nakano, owing to his experience with the factory spec RC212V over the past two races in support of the Japanese veteran. Whilst Nakano will continue to develop the machine as a 2009 satellite version, the crossover in information makes Nohles the immediate choice to help with Pedrosa´s adaptation.

According to Bridgestone senior staff member Thomas Sholtz, there will be no data sharing between the two Honda teams despite their common links.

Pedrosa´s switch appears to be geared towards his own 2009 campaign, although he still has a mathematical possibility of taking a maiden MotoGP World Championship this season.

`I´m pleased with the way the Bridgestone people work and this collaboration should a fruitful one but, then again, we do need time. I believe this move is important when thinking towards next year,´ concluded Pedrosa.

MotoGP, 2008, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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