Dani Pedrosa is confident he has a clear direction ahead of qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello after steadily working his times down over the course of Friday's free practice sessions.
Fresh from his first win of the season in Germany and the announcement that he will remain with Repsol Honda until the end of 2014, Pedrosa began the day modestly in third place, seven tenths down on countryman Jorge Lorenzo.
That was reduced to little more than three hundredths of a second in the afternoon, though the mid-session red flag prevented Pedrosa from finishing the long Bridgestone tyre stint that Lorenzo was able to complete on the way to the top of the timesheets.
"We had some troubles with the tyres in the morning, but in the afternoon we made a step forward that I'm happy with in order to keep improving tomorrow. We struggled to get up to the pace a little in FP1, but during the day we were getting closer to Lorenzo, who seems to have the set up quite clear from the beginning.
“In the afternoon we wanted complete the 12 laps Bridgestone requested on the standard hard option tyre. I went out planning to make this long run on my first exit but I couldn't complete it due to the red flag.
“Anyway, we finished the day quite well and we have some ideas for tomorrow; we need to find some more grip and better braking to gain three or four more tenths.”