Pedrosa eager to take another step forward with difficult track condition
The Indianapolis Grand Prix is already underway and for the fourth year in a row takes place in the mythical American track built in 1909. After the two first free practice sessions, the championship leader, Casey Stoner, started setting the pace in the United States, setting the fastest time of the day. His team mates at the Repsol Honda Team, Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso, finished in the top five of the premiere category, improving steadily during the day.
The new tarmac of the American track also had some protagonism, when taking the track for the first time, all riders complained of the low level of grip it offered. Under those conditions they rode three seconds slower than the circuit record, with Casey Stoner setting the second fastest time, behind Ben Spies, who set the pole last year in a race that was finally won by Dani Pedrosa. The Repsol rider was tenth, with Andrea Dovizioso in seventh, after doing both 19 laps each.
In the second session, they were faster than in the first session, showing that the rubber deposited on the Indianapolis tarmac allowed slowly to increase the pace. Once again, the Repsol riders were competitive and Andrea Dovizioso started by leading the classification in the first fifteen minutes. Pedrosa quickly got in the top five too, until Stoner, 5 minutes from the end, took the first position. The Championship leader improved again in his last lap, stopping the clock in 1 minute, 40 seconds and 724 thousandths.
As the Australian, Pedrosa improved his fastest time in the last lap, stopping the clock 481 behind his team mate. The winner of last season’s race started to adapt the set-up of his Honda RC212V to the requirements of the circuit, where the lack of grip was the main problem. Two tenths behind finished Andrea Dovizioso, who was finally fifth after completing another 19 laps.
Dani Pedrosa FP1 – 1:45.192, 19 laps, 80 km. FP2 – 1:41.205, 19 laps, 80 km.
“The track improved a little in the second practice session, at least on the racing line, but outside the line the surface is still very dirty and slippery. However, we made some better lap times; it’s just about getting a good setup with the tyres and trying to take care of them.
Let’s hope that the conditions keep improving throughout the weekend and we can keep working step by step on the set up considering that the tyres will be the key point in this race.
In general, I’m happier than this morning, we were able to improve by four seconds in just one session, but we have to keep focused and make another step forward tomorrow”.
Source: Repsol Media