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Pedrosa: “The conclusions are not entirely satisfactory”

Pedrosa: “The conclusions are not entirely satisfactory”

Difficulties continue for Dani Pedrosa who remains unable to find a satisfactory feeling on his bike as MotoGP™ testing concludes.

The testing period has been a trying time for Dani Pedrosa, the factory rider struggling at all three tests to find a quality setting for his factory Honda. Experimenting with several different settings on the final day of the Qatar Test saw the Repsol Honda Team rider unable to match his best lap of the test. His 1’55.857 from Thursday saw Pedrosa conclude the three day event in tenth and just over a second behind the fastest time. While many riders performed longer race runs on the final day, Pedrosa continuing to focus on experimenting with settings.

Fortunately the first race is not until the 20th of March, giving the technicians back in Japan a chance to analyse the data. Come race day many things can change and Pedrosa remains confident of a solid first race, although he is aware there is still much work that needs to be done. The new Michelin tyres and Magneti Marelli ECU have proven a difficult challenge for Honda to overcome, their rivals having made an easier transition during the off-season.

Dani Pedrosa: “We had not many tyres left so we couldn’t do much testing today and I finish more early than usual. Unfortunately the conclusions are not entirely satisfactory. Over the three days we have tried to test a lot of things, but there are still some ideas that we want to apply the next time we are on track. With the data obtained in the last few tests, the technicians in Japan will work to try to make some changes ahead of the first Grand Prix. We'll see if they are favourable, and if we can get better performance for the race.”

MotoGP, 2016, QATAR MOTOGP™ OFFICIAL TEST, T3, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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