10 March 2011
Q&A: Dani Pedrosa - Repsol Honda
Dani Pedrosa is the latest of the Repsol Honda riders to look ahead to the new MotoGP season, his physical condition and the characteristics of the Honda RC212V.
From the first test in Valencia in November 2010 until the last tests held at Sepang, where have you improved the most with your bike?
Basically, the bike has not changed so much, so what we tried to do is to improve it in the most critical areas, such as the braking or the electronics.
What is your assessment of the last tests in Sepang?
The best thing is that this year we have better foundations, contrary to what happened in the previous years, when we had to evolve and improve the bike during the championship. This season we start with a very positive preparation that will allow us to face the first race of the Championship with a good level of performance.
Is there something still to be done in the next Qatar tests or will they just be used to prepare the first race of the Championship?
There are always things to be done, but the main aim of the Qatar test will be to learn to make the most of the set-up we will use in the race. If the track conditions are good, we will be able to take advantage of it.
At the Qatar Grand Prix, the practice sessions are not at the same time as the race. On Thursday and Saturday you will practice at 20:00h and on Friday at 21:00. Does this mean that this test will be even more important to get ready for the race, that will take place at 22:00h?
Yes, naturally, the times of the practice sessions are not the best, so the best simulation we can do will be in the test we will have some days before. Anyway, as the track will be dirty, it will be difficult to make a comparison. As the day pass, the bikes will keep tidying the track and the conditions will improve. These tests will be useful to see the times we can set.
Obviously, to arrive in Qatar in your condition, after a positive preseason, must be a special motivation, although Qatar is a special round due to its unusual conditions…
Qatar is a very different race because we run at night, with a different schedule where you have to pay more attention to details such as the tyres. But once we start, the race is worth 25 points as in any other circuit, so you have to try and fight for them.
Can you say that you start the season more positive and confident than ever?
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