Pedrosa still searching for better grip
After four practice sessions, Casey Stoner’s dominion at the Bugatti circuit in Le Mans is unquestionable. The Australian of the Repsol Honda Team led again the two sessions held today, adding a third pole position of the four qualifying sessions already held. In the first row will be his team mate in the Repsol Honda Team, Andrea Dovizioso, who finished third, 62 thousandths faster than Dani Pedrosa, who set the fourth fastest time.
Dani Pedrosa, who was also fourth in the morning session, improved his times by nearly one second in the qualifying, showing a good pace for tomorrow’s race, where the Hondas with Repsol livery will try to get their third victory of this season.
Dani Pedrosa FP3 – 1:34.545, 20 laps, 84 km. QP – 1:33.683, 28 laps, 117 km.
“We improved quite a lot compared to yesterday, but we still feel lack of traction in the rear and good grip to have the tyre working as we would like.
At the beginning of this afternoon’s session we managed to find a good rhythm with the soft tyre, but these are not qualifying tyres anymore and in my last round of the session, with only five laps to push, I could not make the most of the tyre. In the warm up tomorrow we have to improve the bike a little and for the race it’s important to get a good start. Here the first chicane is delicate and we need to avoid any trouble.
The first laps will be crucial because the tyres are cold and it’s important to stay in front. Besides Casey, other rivals are closer here, such as Simoncelli and Dovi, Lorenzo has also improved, so we must be prepared to fight because the race will be demanding and long, but as in Estoril, we will try”.
Source: Repsol Media