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Brief appearance for Pedrosa at Estoril test

"I saw immediately that I wouldn't be able to do the full program today" - Dani Pedrosa.
Dani Pedrosa discovered that victory in Sunday's Portuguese MotoGP had taken so much out of his healing shoulder that he simply couldn't manage a full day of testing back at the Estoril circuit on Monday.

The Repsol Honda rider only completed 17 laps, setting a fastest time of 1min 37.679sec, very close to the fastest lap of the race he set on Sunday, while escaping from world champion Jorge Lorenzo.

"The shoulder is a bit better than last night thanks to some muscle relaxing tablets I took, but I've still got a lot of pain,” said Pedrosa. “I did a few laps with the bike I used yesterday for the race, but I saw immediately that I wouldn't be able to do the full program today.

“I tried one modified clutch looking to reduce the hopping, the bumping on the rear we have when we release the clutch. It's a shame not be able to profit from this test because we wanted to also try the new 2011 front fork and rear shock to get more traction, but I was unable to do it.

“Now, the plan before Le Mans race is to rest as much as I can for three or four days, trying to recover. Then I must check what is the best technique to relax the muscles, because it would be good to arrive in Le Mans in good shape and not so tense".

Pedrosa's first victory of the season, and first since smashing his collarbone at Motegi last October, means he is now within four points of world championship leader Lorenzo.

Repsol Honda team-mates Casey Stoner and Andrea Dovizioso were third and eighth fastest at the test, which was topped by Marco Simoncelli (Honda).



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Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Lorenzo, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
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Stoner, Crutchlow, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016

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MM - Unregistered

May 04, 2011 1:16 AM

He was clearly in a lot of pain at the end of the race. Kudos for a gutsy ride, but then he always has been a tough little cookie. He deserves a rest after that win so he can come back fitter at Le Mans and carry on providing competition for Lorenzo, Stoner and Simoncelli - hopefully Rossi too if the Ducati can be brought up to speed. The more potential winners the better.

Svejk - Unregistered

May 05, 2011 7:25 PM

re: "Then I must check what is the best technique to relax the muscles" swedish massage... That could work, or he could get in touch with the Kawasaki world superbike team. They really look after their riders and ensure they carry some some good gear in their trucks to make sure their riders are nice and relaxed!!



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