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Phillip Island MotoGP Test: Pedrosa hindered by neck ache

Dani Pedrosa unable to complete full race simulation at Phillip Island on final day due to neck ache, ends MotoGP tyre test second fastest on combined times
Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa was forced to cut short a 20-lap simulation on the final day of the Phillip Island tyre test with neck pain.

Pedrosa completed a 14-lap long run at the end of the day to bring his winter test schedule to an end.

The Spanish rider earlier set the second fastest time in 1m 29.458s behind Jorge Lorenzo and although conditions had changed dramatically from the previous two days of the test, with temperatures down by 13 degrees Celsius and the track 20 degrees cooler, only some brief, light rain showers materialised.

Pedrosa, who completed 178 laps over the three days, said: “Overall, this has been a positive three days. Today we tried to do another 20-lap race simulation with the second best tyre that we had.

“I didn't fully complete it, only managing 14 laps, because after so many days riding I had some neck ache. In any case, generally speaking it was a test that went well.

“We have enough data gathered not only for Bridgestone, but also for ourselves, so I think that it has been positive and now we shall try to rest up a bit,” added Pedrosa, whose best lap on the combined times was 0.313s down on Lorenzo.

“It's all about continuing our training now, with the first race in Qatar on the horizon.”

Pedrosa will be joined by team-mate Marc Marquez for the first practice session of the season in Qatar on Thursday, March 20 ahead of the opening round.

Tagged as: Lorenzo , Dani Pedrosa , Marquez

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March 06, 2014 10:57 AM

Jeez. People reading too much into things. Again. Having pains after not riding a race bike for a couple of months is perfectly normal. Doesn't mean anything is wrong, its just the body adjusting again. Heck, if I do my first long ride of the year after winter, I hurt all over. :D

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