Pedrosa struggling with rear grip and hoping to find substantial improvement on Saturday
The Motorcycling World Championship travelled this weekend to the spectacular Australian track of Phillip Island, where local hero Casey Stoner started in the best possible way his home Grand Prix. The Repsol Honda Team rider led today’s two free practice sessions, despite a minor crash in the morning, in a day in which Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa finished in sixth and seventh position.
In a track with more bumps than in previous years, Dovizoso and Pedrosa suffered especially with the front. After working in the set-up of his bike, Pedrosa was able to improve by some thousandths his fastest time from the morning, but was still far from Stoner who was setting laps under 1’32 up to seven times, showing a pace very superior to that of the rest of the riders.
Dani Pedrosa FP1 – 1:31.571, 21 laps, 93 km. FP2 – 1:31.543, 21 laps, 93 km.
“In the morning I began calm just to get the feeling with the track and we did a decent time, but in the afternoon I struggled a lot with the rear grip, the bike was spinning a lot and we couldn’t fix it during the session. The fact that my lap times are practically the same in the morning and in the afternoon is a sign that something is not right.
It’s a pity because maybe tomorrow the weather is not as nice as today, possibly colder, but I trust my team and I hope we can improve. The track is also very bumpy, much more than last year, which makes things even more difficult, there are many places where the wheels are off the ground.
Anyway, we will try to make some changes on the bike and I will do my best to improve my riding and let’s see what we can do tomorrow”.
Source: Repsol Media