Good first impression for Pedrosa but still work to be done on corner entry
The Repsol MotoGP riders made an impeccable start to round four of the World Championship, which kicked off today at the Le Mans Circuit in France. Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa headed the standings in both the first and second practice sessions, showing good early form at a demanding track for braking and acceleration.
Dani Pedrosa was second in both sessions. He joined the Australian in becoming the only two to break the 1’35 barrier in the morning (1’34.908) In the second practice, Pedrosa knocked almost a second off that, with 1’34.005 his best effort.
After the first adjustments made to the bike settings, the Repsol Honda Team will have two further sessions in preparation for Sunday’s race. Qualifying to decide grid positions takes place tomorrow.
Dani Pedrosa FP1 – 1:34.908, 20 laps, 84 km. FP2 – 1:34.005, 17 laps, 71 km.
“The feeling was pretty good overall; normally with these cold conditions the track here is very slippery, but the tyres worked well, the grip level is good and we managed two good practice sessions. We still have some work to do, mainly on the corner entry, but the first impression has been positive so far.
It looks like the temperature will drop and some rain is coming, so it’s been useful to have time in the dry to get the feeling at a track like this, where you have a lot of wheelie. I didn’t test the new front Bridgestone tyre today, but I would like to do it tomorrow if it’s dry”.
Source: Repsol Media