Dani Pedrosa is optimistic his 'arm-pump' problem will be much improved at this weekend's Catalunya MotoGP.

The Repsol Honda rider was ninth fastest after FP1 and FP2 on Friday and reported positive news after the opening day at the Spanish circuit.

"My hand is better; today I had some laps and I was feeling better than the last race, so it's positive," said Pedrosa, who set a best time of 1m 42.664s.

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"I didn't push for many laps so we will see on Sunday but already it is better. I hope that with a few more laps under my belt I will loosen up even more, and things will go even better."

Pedrosa tried the larger brake discs on his RC213V in the afternoon session and also worked with the hard tyre compound front and rear.

"I tried the big discs and it was quite more powerful, so you have to be a little bit more smooth on the brakes," he said.

"They react better and mean that you need to use the brake lever a little differently with your fingers, which is something I am getting used to.

"We also worked with the hard tyre compound on the front and the rear, and I was able to use them for the entire afternoon session," he added.

"It was really hard to get grip, and we were sliding a lot front and rear, so it was really hard to get a consistent pace."