Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa gave his thoughts on Friday’s action at the GP Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana after lapping second fastest overall, sandwiched between pace setter Marc Marquez and third best Jorge Lorenzo.
The experienced Spanish rider may himself be out of the championship fight, but his performance on Sunday could have a major impact on the destiny of the title, with his old rival Lorenzo desperate to win the race and with his colleague Marquez looking for fourth or better to clinch the championship.
If Pedrosa wins the race that might favour his teammate Marquez, who is less desperate for maximum points than Lorenzo, but for now Pedrosa is only focused on being faster than his fellow competitors.
"Today we were able to work with the soft and hard compound tyres, but the track conditions weren't ideal and the bike was sliding a lot," he stated on Friday afternoon. "We will have to be very focused, because the level of the other riders is high at the moment and everyone is riding fast. For tomorrow we shall concentrate on improving certain aspects of the bike and continue with the working method that we have been using."
On riding on the new asphalt at Valencia he added, "We had grip and then were slipping at the same time, it was very strange and almost felt like the track was sweating, or maybe there was some dust there. It was grip, then no grip."