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Grip remains Dani Pedrosa’s biggest issue on the Honda, the French GP a chance to test solutions from testing.
During his long and proud racing career, Dani Pedrosa has taken seven podium finishes at the Le Mans circuit including victory in the 2013 MotoGP™ race. Pedrosa will be hoping to return to the podium in France but it will be difficult as he has so far been unable to match the pace of the leading riders in the first four rounds. Grip has been his major weakness; in Jerez a spinning rear tyre saw him end a distant fourth. After the race the MotoGP™ World Championship remained in Jerez for a one day test on Monday, the Repsol Honda Team man hopeful that the solutions found there will assist him in Le Mans where grip is normally at a premium. many had expected Pedrosa to enter the season as a title favourite but the adaption to the new technical rules and the 2016 RC213V has been more difficult than anticipated.
Dani Pedrosa: “I enjoy the Bugatti circuit, and we’ve had good results there in the past, but this year there are some factors to consider. In the last race I couldn’t go full-throttle on the straights because the rear tyre was spinning too much, and I think that also in Le Mans a lot will depend on how the tyre will get grip from the track. Normally this isn’t a ‘super-grippy’ track, so we’ll have to continue working on that side in order to make it better. In the Jerez test, we tried to improve our feeling, testing different things such as suspension and some other solutions thought to provide more grip out of the turns and to make the bike faster into the tight corners. We’ll see if the info collected will be useful on a practical level in Le Mans. Finally, let’s hope the weather will be kind to us.”
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