Pedrosa hoping to do more testing, but hampered by painful shoulder
After the great race the Repsol Honda Team had yesterday, where they got three of the four top positions in the Portuguese Grand Prix, Dani Pedrosa, Casey Stoner and Andrea Dovizioso got again today in their overalls for a new working session in Estoril. The day, thanks to the good weather conditions, allowed the riders to do many tests to prepare for the next World Championship rounds. Dani Pedrosa, after the victory achieved yesterday and still with pain in his left shoulder, decided to rest in the afternoon and only trained in the morning.
After yesterday’s effort to achieve his first success of the season, Pedrosa’s shoulder, that underwent surgery three weeks ago, suffered the effects of the effort and fatigue, and the Spaniard was the first to finish the test session. The Repsol rider only completed 17 laps, setting a fastest time of 1’37.679, very close to the fastest lap of the race he set yesterday on lap 27, while escaping from Lorenzo -1’37.629-. His tests were primarily focused on the clutch of the Honda RC212V.
The three Repsol Honda Team riders will now enjoy some days of rest before the next round, the French Grand Prix, that will be held in two weeks’ time at Le Mans.
Dani Pedrosa 1:37.679, 17 laps, 71 km.
“The shoulder is a bit better than last night thanks to some muscle relaxing tablets I took, but I’ve still got a lot of pain. I did a few laps with the bike I used yesterday for the race, but I saw immediately that I wouldn’t be able to do the full program today.
I tried one modified clutch looking to reduce the hopping, the bumping on the rear we have when we release the clutch.It’s a shame not be able to profit from this test because we wanted to also try the new 2011 front fork and rear shock to get more traction, but I was unable to do it.
Now, the plan before Le Mans race is to rest as much as I can for three or four days, trying to recover. Then I must check what is the best technique to relax the muscles, because it would be good to arrive in Le Mans in good shape and not so tense”.
Source: Repsol Media