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Pedrosa: We have to keep working hard

“The times will keep dropping during the weekend with more rubber on the asphalt, so we have to continue working hard on the bike” – Dani Pedrosa.
If day one at Indianapolis was anything to go by, Dani Pedrosa stands a fighting chance of claiming his second win of the season and eating into Jorge Lorenzo's MotoGP title lead on Sunday.

Pedrosa, winner at Indianapolis in 2010 and runner-up to Repsol Honda team-mate Casey Stoner last season, was a close second to Stoner in the slippery morning session - then led all but the opening six minutes of the afternoon.

Ben Spies provided Pedrosa's closest opposition, with the Texan's Yamaha team-mate Lorenzo third quickest, but 0.719s from Pedrosa. Lorenzo leads Pedrosa by 23 points in the championship.

“This afternoon the track was a little better than in the morning and we were able to improve our lap times quite a lot and also try the hard tyres, which worked much better than the soft specification we tried this morning,” said Pedrosa.

The Spaniard lapped 2.4s quicker in FP2 and, despite already being under the race lap record pace, expects times to continue dropping.

“As we saw today, the times will keep dropping during the weekend with more rubber on the asphalt, so we have to continue working hard on the bike,” he said.

“We found a good base today to move on from; we can improve every area still, focusing especially on the suspension and electronics and also care about the tyres because it's very hot out there and the tyres dropped off very quick".

Stoner dropped to fifth in FP2, 0.840s behind Pedrosa.

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cris - Unregistered

August 18, 2012 1:24 AM

For all the doubters, just respect the man for what he can do, he may not be a Stoner, or a Rossi or a Lorenzo but he is doing what he can to beat those guys, and for people to comment on his ability, think twice.. he is the shortest and the lightest of them all, and for all those who think that its an advantage, think again.. for those who rise motorcycle, they know that it is only good on the straights, but you need weight and body weight to wrestle a 250HP bike. Try riding an 200HP BMW S1000rr while weighing only 140lbs, then you will understand.. perhaps most people who bash Dani only rides a scooter that needs a light rider. All I'm saying is respects for the man and what he is trying to do.

cris - Unregistered

August 18, 2012 2:17 AM

@random Second rate? really? are you insane? who did a better job than Dani from 2007 up to now(2006 rookie)? Only Stoner. Dovi did 3 years at HRC, and won a single wet race. So you got to ask. Remove Stoner, Lorenzo and Rossi from the equation, who do you think can do better on that Honda other than Dani?.... Cruthlow?( being spank by Dovi ), Bautista ( very inconsistent ), Brandl ( Maybe, time will tell ). No disrespect to Nicky but lets not go into that. So by your name as "random", you can be a random troll or just a random id*ot who don't know what really is happening.

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