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Pedrosa: “There was more traction”

Pedrosa: “There was more traction”

Dani Pedrosa progressed alongside the traction levels in Argentina, securing fourth on the grid for Sunday’s battle.

Dani Pedrosa and Honda had started the weekend well, the lack of traction at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit not effecting them as much as the other manufacturers. As the grip improved, Pedrosa was also able to improve and stay inside the top five when it counted most: in Q2. A 1’40.011 puts Pedrosa at the head of the second row, primed to challenge for the podium. His time may have been 0.6s back on his Repsol Honda Team teammate, Marc Marquez, but he was just 0.067s off a front row start.

Unlike many other MotoGP™ riders, Pedrosa avoided falling at Turn 1, the corner catching out a number of riders. Race day still has a threat of rain hanging above it, even a shower before the race could alter the condition of the track dramatically and force teams to make a last minute setting gamble. With ten years of experience in the premier class, there’s little doubt Pedrosa will be able to handle whatever situation arises.

Dani Pedrosa: “The grip level of the track has improved today. There was more traction than yesterday and although we have advanced in terms of pace, we will continue working to go faster and be more consistent tomorrow. With such an improvement in grip, we have to find a setup that best suits these conditions. Tomorrow we will start from fourth place and try to have a good race."

MotoGP, 2016, GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA, Q2, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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