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Pedrosa progress delayed by neck pain

Pedrosa progress delayed by neck pain

Dani Pedrosa decided to curtail his running at Circuit of the Americas on Thursday, completing the third and final day of the private test with just 24 laps to his name. Yet to discover precisely why, the Spaniard was suffering from neck pain.

As Repsol Honda Team teammate Marc Márquez put in 60 laps and set the pace with a best lap time of 2’03.281, Pedrosa managed just over a third of the mileage and – unable to push to the maximum – ended the day sixth tenths of a second slower.

"On my first run I had a problem with my neck," Pedrosa, the 2012 championship runner-up, explained to "I don’t know why but suddenly I felt pain and then it was just getting worse with every run I did, so I decided to stop the test because it wasn’t looking good to continue.

"I’m pretty happy to be here and have done many laps, so I understand the track a little and that’s important for the Grand Prix. Obviously the weather might be a bit different by then, but it’s been a good experience."

Márquez was happier, with the rookie having topped all three days of the test on a circuit that was completely unknown to the majority of riders present.

"This last day was quite good for me," the 20-year-old confirmed. "From the beginning, the bike felt the same as yesterday and we started to try some things that the technical guys had in mind. It brought quite a big improvement.

"I think it’s quite important to be here, not only because we’ll be here for the second race but also for physical conditions - because you struggle quite a bit on this track and need to push especially hard with the change of direction in the first chicanes. Most importantly, we’ve come here, we know the track and we’ve found a good base for when we come here for the second race."

Day 3 ended with the LCR Honda MotoGP bike of Stefan Bradl third, with Yamaha Factory Racing having packed up and departed the venue on Wednesday evening.

MotoGP, 2013, Dani Pedrosa, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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