Fresh from his first podium of the 2015 MotoGP season, Dani Pedrosa continued his upward trajectory by leading day one of the Dutch TT.
Pedrosa, who missed three of this year's seven races after heading for complicated arm pump surgery after Qatar, kicked off his Assen weekend with a close third place in FP1, behind Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez.
Riding at a circuit where he claimed his very first grand prix win in 2002, the Repsol Honda star then moved to the top of the afternoon session with a new lap record of 1m 33.430s.
Team-mate Marquez was 0.139s slower and title leader Rossi (Yamaha) 0.202s behind.
“Yes a good feeling,” said Pedrosa, speaking in the Honda hospitality. “We could test a lot because the track was dry for the whole of both sessions, which was unexpected. Really happy to find these conditions at Assen.
“The track was in good shape so we could test tyres and settings and basically now we have more-or-less the base setting for tomorrow and can have both bikes the same.”
Whilst Marquez made headlines by reverting to a 2014 chassis this weekend, Pedrosa is continuing to use his 2015 chassis.
However Pedrosa and Marquez use different chassis specifications anyway and Pedrosa is not using the same (2015) chassis that Marquez has chosen to move away from.
Meanwhile, after today's back-to-back exhaust test, Pedrosa has decided to stick with the original version.
“It's more rider preference,” he said. “Not really a big up or down but I'm more used to the one from the beginning [of the season] so in case of rain and things like that I know it better. I prefer to stick with that and have two bikes the same with more knowledge about what I'm riding.”