Tadayuki Okada believes Dani Pedrosa should switch to racing the pneumatic-valve Honda RC212V now that is has reached full competitiveness.
Although Okada gave the bike its competition debut back at Mugello and Pedrosa's team-mate Nicky Hayden has been racing it for several rounds himself, the Spaniard has only had limited time on the machine.
Pedrosa was due to sample the Honda during the collective test at Brno this week, but cut it short following misgivings with the Michelin tyres that meant he felt he wouldn't be able to get the best from the bike.
Nonetheless, Honda test rider Okada has urged erstwhile championship leader Pedrosa to take a chance on racing the bike in a bid to give his ailing season a shot in the arm.
“At Brno we tested some new steps in development, concerning both engine and electronics. In Japan we are working on both the spring valve engine and the pneumatic valve engine,” Okada told MotoGP.com
“Since my last appearance in Italy I can say that the bike with the pneumatic valve engine has improved a lot. I think it has reached a satisfactory level.”
Pedrosa is due to resume testing of the bike following the next round of the season at Misano, but Okada is convinced he needs to make the switch sooner rather than later.
“For us it improves every time we try something different. Sometimes small changes can make a big difference to what we feel. It has improved a lot now. I even told Dani, if you have the time please try it because it is better than before!”
Pedrosa has scored just a single point in the last three races thanks to a combination of injury and a lack of competitiveness.