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Qatar MotoGP Test: Chassis issues slowing Pedrosa's progress

'We are losing a lot of corner speed so we need to change things and we have two more days to gain some ground and we have to be as positive as we can' - Dani Pedrosa.
Dani Pedrosa is seeking a big improvement with his Repsol Honda after struggling with the handling of the factory RC213V on the first night of the Qatar MotoGP test.

Pedrosa was 13th fastest and 1.4 seconds off the pace of Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo after clocking his best lap of the Losail International Circuit in 1m 56.910s.

“I did not do many laps because I started late and then I [did] a little bit of a test for the feeling in the beginning and just started to work a little bit on the bike,” Pedrosa said.

“We didn't improve much today and our lap time compared to our competitors is more slow, so we are trying to figure out what to do for tomorrow.

“We will try to be faster tomorrow with a better setting and we will try a different setting tomorrow to see if this will help us to be faster around the track,” he added.

“At this moment we are struggling with the bike setting and we are not making the corners as fast as we want so we have to find some more solutions.”

Pedrosa revealed that his biggest hindrance on Wednesday lay with the chassis of the Honda and he is set to try some different ideas in an effort to claw back some ground on Thursday.

“Some other riders were fast around the track and we didn't achieve that, but we will change some things on the bike to see if it helps. We don't know for sure if these changes will help but we have some ideas,” he said.

“For me it is more the chassis, trying to make the bike go around the corners more fast – we are losing a lot of corner speed so we need to change things and we have two more days to gain some ground and we have to be as positive as we can.

“I'm not fighting as much with the electronics at this moment as I'm fighting with the turning of the bike, but I think from Phillip Island we made some steps with the electronics and this is feeling better already here; obviously Sepang was more difficult for the electronics than in this track,” he added.

“Electronics is one big thing to learn, especially over race distance with a used tyre and for qualifying also, to have a quick lap.”


Tagged as: Lorenzo , Dani Pedrosa

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Guna4699

March 03, 2016 2:19 AM

Ok Honda isn't usually known to have the best of chassis, all we can hope for is next couple of days would be better as racing line would have less desert dust so Honda can be better around corners,, remember Yamaha was also struggling last year here due to dusty track then picked up pace... Honda off from pointy end in races could be a disaster for this sport.

owlockey

March 03, 2016 8:34 AM

It would be a problem for those involved with Honda but for the fans it wouldn't be a problem, Honda went 4 years without winning a title (07, 08, 09, 10), the fans won't mind if it happens again.



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