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Pedrosa: Marquez improved after he copied our settings

Dani Pedrosa feels his set-up data helped Repsol Honda team-mate Marc Marquez get up to speed for race day at Mugello.
By Lisa Lewis

MotoGP Championship leader Dani Pedrosa scored second in last Sunday's Italian Grand Prix, regaining the position when rookie team-mate Marc Marquez crashed out late in the race.

Marquez's race day pace came after a difficult weekend marred by three practice accidents, including a massive Friday afternoon fall at the end of the Mugello main straight.

In a post-race interview with Catalunya Radio, Pedrosa - who qualified on pole - claimed that Marquez's race day competitiveness was helped by access to his set-up data.

Spanish website reports that Pedrosa told his local station: "Marquez's race was surprising after falling so hard on Friday and Saturday, but we know that he copied our bike settings. His team were given all the information that we gathered on Saturday to improve traction and I guess then it is easier."

Data sharing last became an issue in the Honda garage back in 2008 when Pedrosa's manager Alberto Puig was embroiled in a war of words with then team-mate Nicky Hayden, telling at the time:

"Hayden may be bothered because now he can't access information and telemetry data from Dani's bike. With this information he was able to improve his riding, as he had all of Dani's references and now he can't use that any longer."

Pedrosa, Marquez and reigning title holder Jorge Lorenzo will be battling for home honour in next weekend's Catalan Grand Prix, the second of the four Spanish-based rounds.

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June 06, 2013 2:44 PM

Whoa whoa whoa! Dani explained that after a difficult weekend Marc was able to improve his setup and race speed by using the settings/data he had accumulated over the weekend. He's not saying he wants a wall, the guy, is slow, the guy is nothing without me etc.... He's just stating that Marc had big accidents and was struggling with setup but when he used Dani's data he was able to get up to speed. And crashed. Wise man say: To finish first, first you must finish. (And don't tell me it's easier to make a fast rider stop crashing than a safe rider fast, we're talking about world champions here. NOBODY is slow)

Cris Zarate

June 06, 2013 2:24 PM

@Nate44, Clearly you don't understand what you are talking about. It's common knowledge that you can get faster by following someone, specially with someone who has the same setup. It's called a tow, people like Barbera do this in qualifying. What's great about Marquez is he can follow for so many laps rather than just a few laps as in qualifying. He followed Dani and passed him when Dani's tires is gone, then what happened. He crashed.... Yes Dani is a late bloomer, but maybe this is his year, even the great Stoner crashed out when battling Dani in Germany last year, that just show how good Dani is in the past two years.

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