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Movement in the right direction for Pedrosa and Dovizioso

Movement in the right direction for Pedrosa and Dovizioso

A constructive first practice at Mugello was experienced by both Repsol Honda riders.

Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso made positive progress during the hour-long first practice at the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM on Friday, working through various different points on their respective RC212V machines in a bid to be in top shape for Sunday’s race.

Pedrosa and his crew focused on preparing his prototype for the demanding rigours of the Mugello circuit and Sunday’s race. Further modifications will be made during Saturday’s second practice before qualifying, and Pedrosa was pleased with how his workload had developed during the opening session.

“We focused mainly on testing Bridgestone’s tyre options because it’s very important to get that selection right to find the performance for race distance. The track conditions weren’t bad today although the surface was quite slippery, so times will improve,” he stated. “Stability and agility are very important at this circuit and we still need to work on the chassis set-up side to improve these areas.”

Pedrosa set the fifth fastest time of the session with a 1’50.773, and added: “We were not especially fast today, but we were not looking for an ultimate lap time either. For the first day of practice we are going in the right direction and tomorrow we can move forward.”

Dovizioso was seventh quickest in a time of 1’51.255 as he set about preparing to try and please his home support. The Italian believes that with some hard work overnight and in Saturday’s practice he can make the move further towards the front.

"It’s my home race and already we can feel the atmosphere building - it’s a special event for the Italians here at Mugello,” he said. “To be honest I’d have preferred to have finished closer to the front because it’s quite a big gap to the leaders, but with some work on the machine set-up I’m sure we can move forward.”

“I was slow mid-corner pretty much everywhere today, and you spend a lot of time leaned over here so that’s why we are quite a way off at the moment. The bike feels like it wants to run-on as I’m exiting the corner so this is the area we’ll focus on tonight. I’m confident we can improve from this position,” he concluded.

MotoGP, 2010, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA TIM, Dani Pedrosa, Andrea Dovizioso, Repsol Honda Team

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