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Ideal conditions but similar times to the race weekend left Dani Pedrosa puzzled during the post-race test.
The MotoGP™ World Championship stayed in Jerez an extra day after the Gran Premio Red Bull de España for the first official in-season test of the year. Having finished the race in fourth and ten seconds behind the winner, Pedrosa was out to improve his setting and overall feeling on the Honda. Changes in suspension setup allowed the Spaniard to improve the RC213V on corner exit. The Repsol Honda Team rider was also tasked with assessing three new Michelin front tyres, Pedrosa happy with the progress made by the French company. However it was a difficult and somewhat confusing day for Pedrosa who was unable to significantly drop his times despite ideal conditions at the Andalusia circuit. A 1’39.646 towards the end of the day would see Pedrosa leave the test as the fifth fastest rider, his teammate Marc Marquez quickest. The paddock now prepare to head to Le Mans for round five where Pedrosa is hopeful the work done in testing will allow him to close the distance to the leading trio.
Dani Pedrosa: “Today we basically tried to improve on the feeling we had in yesterday’s race. It’s been a strange day, because the weather was fantastic and the asphalt offered a very good level of grip, but the lap times weren’t much different to what we saw over the Grand Prix weekend. We tried different suspension options and found some solutions that allowed us to have more grip when riding out of corners. We also worked on corner entry, trying to get the bike quicker both in the fast turns and on entry to the slower corners. At the end we tested three different front-tyre compounds and one of them was clearly better than what we currently have, which is positive.”
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