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Pedrosa: “We had almost no grip”

Pedrosa: “We had almost no grip”

High temperatures with only the hard tyre available result in a frustrating second day for Dani Pedrosa in Sepang.

A crash early on the second day of the Sepang test from Loris Baz on the Avintia Ducati saw action stopped for over an hour. As a result of his fall down the straight, Michelin withdrew the soft rear tyres at the test, leaving teams with just the hard option. This proved quite a challenge for Dani Pedrosa who struggled to find grip on the scorching Sepang track. When not hunting for grip, the Repsol Honda rider continued to assess the new evolution of the 2016 engine. During an out-lap towards the end of the session Pedrosa suffered a fall at Turn 5,  he was unhurt. A time of 2’01.475 saw Pedrosa over half a second slower than teammate Marc Marquez and down in 12th. Wednesday, the final day of the test, offers another chance for Pedrosa and Honda to improve.

Dani Pedrosa: “It was a difficult day, because after the crash of Loris Baz this morning, we were told not to use the softest tyre. We had to use the hardest rear and, with the temperatures as high as they were today, we had almost no grip. We tried to use the time to improve the electronics, but it was very difficult to handle that and making improvements to the bike. We tried a different weight distribution, but in the end we weren’t able to draw many conclusions. We will see if tomorrow we can turn the situation around and improve. Unfortunately I had a crash towards the end of the day – probably because the tyre was cold, as I wasn’t riding fast.

MotoGP, 2016, SEPANG MOTOGP™ OFFICIAL TEST, DAY2, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team, #SepangTest

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