Dani Pedrosa's main aim for Monday's MotoGP test at Jerez was to rediscover his strong early race pace of previous seasons, the Spaniard feeling that recent changes to improve his form at the end of races has come at a price.
After finishing third in Sunday's home Spanish race, again won by his Repsol Honda team-mate, Pedrosa explained:
“At the end [of the race] I always have a lot of spinning on the rear, so it's very hard for me to get traction and control the bike. So this year we made a couple of setting changes to be more strong at the end, but it looks like we are now too weak at the beginning [of the race] and in qualifying. We need to manage this setting to make a balance for the next race.”
Pedrosa went on to complete 51 Monday laps, the best of which put him fourth on the timesheets, 0.640s behind Marquez.
“We did a lot of suspension testing today and made some set-up changes to the chassis,” said Pedrosa on Monday evening. “It was all to try and find a better balance that will allow us to perform better in races. In general we did some good testing today and made some progress, although now we have to go to Le Mans and confirm that the changes are positive.
“We will have to see if what we have found here adapts well to the different temperature and track layout there, because here it was very hot and it will be cold in France. We shall see if we can adapt and get the best performance out of the tyres."
The French Grand Prix takes place on May 16-18.