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Dani Pedrosa – Q&A

"I didn't share much track time with Marquez but his style is really impressive. He hangs off the bike a lot and has achieved great times so far” – Dani Pedrosa.
A Repsol generated interview with 2012 MotoGP title runner-up Dani Pedrosa, who was fastest on all three days of last week's Sepang test...

Three days of testing, and you had the fastest time in all of them. Are you happy with how things went in Sepang?

Dani Pedrosa:
"Yes, I'm happy. We were able to test the bike again and made some good analysis, especially, of general aspects. These tests are important for the rest of the season. We had the time to test out what we wanted, because the weather was kind to us and we were able to put in many laps. Overall it was a positive test. "

How do you feel physically? Did you feel a little soreness after getting back to work?

Dani Pedrosa:
"It is normal to have a few aches, because after a long period off the bike that's always going to happen. With the specific nature of the type of bikes that we ride, soreness is inevitable after a winter break —even if you get the chance to ride other types of machinery during that time. It's not really anything to do with having more or less resistance.”

Unlike last year, this season the cylinder capacity has stayed the same and you are back with the RC213V. What changes has the bike had made to it since Valencia?

Dani Pedrosa:
"The truth is that there have not been any massive changes, because we had such a good feeling in Valencia. We tried to change some things that were not going so well for us but, in general, we tried to keep taking small steps in the right direction."

Your main complaint last year was that there was too much chatter. Has this problem been solved?

Dani Pedrosa:
"In these first few tests we do not focus so much on things like chatter. We have tried more to improve braking and corner entry and extra kilos have been added to the bike. The rules have changed and we have one less engine to work with this year, so it's important to check that we have good engine durability. That's basically what we were working on in those three days."

For the second consecutive year, the weight of a MotoGP bikes has increased. Have you noticed the three kilos extra on the bike when riding?

Dani Pedrosa:
"Yes, it is noticeable, especially when braking, because it takes more to support the bike. We tried to modify the positioning of these three kilos to find the perfect balance. Obviously we have to work harder on that. I won't say how we've distributed the weight, because it's a secret.”

Some of your rivals decided to perform a race simulation in Sepang. Was it too early for you to go for one?

Dani Pedrosa:
"Well, we hadn't planned to do a long run at the test. These are the first tests of the year and we aren't completely clear on what parts we will be using. With the experience I have, I did not think that I needed to focus on a long run in the first three days of testing.”

There are still almost two months to go before the season starts. What can be improved with the bike?

Dani Pedrosa:

Tagged as: Dani Pedrosa , Valencia , Sepang

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cris - Unregistered

February 13, 2013 12:14 AM

Testing is just testing, and since Marc Marquez has been in Sepang on almost identical bike last November, he already has an advantage, the next test where they will have equal track time will tell more than this Sepang test. He's fast, all can see that, the tires will elect the winner. He's riding style is similar to Casey, but that alone will not make him a winner. Dani doesn't lean much cause his short but he is very fast, Jorge lean but doesn't move much in the bike. It's all about the speed not the style, sure it looks good on TV, But Alavaro is as much fun to watch when he wave his foot on braking.

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