Dani Pedrosa has hinted that Honda may have some new parts ready for the 'next race or test' as the factory seeks to address handling difficulties with the latest RC213V.

Team-mate and defending champion Marc Marquez has outlined corner entry slides and corner exit aggression as the main areas to address, as HRC seeks to claw back points lost to Yamaha and Ducati.

"I have the same bike so we are working on the same things. Electronics and rear grip. Things like this," Pedrosa said.

"At the moment we don't have a big difference on the bike from the last races, so I think at the next race [Catalunya] or test it's possible that we have some help. Maybe we will try to do a step from now. Still we are having the same issues."

Pedrosa added: "Today I was trying the two different swingarms and I'm still not sure which I will use in the race. I'll decide later and trying things with the mapping as well."

Marquez will start Sunday's Italian MotoGP from just 13th on the grid after being caught out in free practice and qualifying. Pedrosa qualified seventh, but only 0.386s from pole!

"Qualifying wasn't easy because the lap times were really, really tight," Pedrosa said. "I think I did a good lap, it's my fastest lap here. Then in the second run I couldn't improve but already from FP3 many riders were going fast and many '46s in qualifying. This is quite impressive at such a long and difficult track like this one.

"It is clear that the Ducatis are more competitive than last year and still using the extra soft tyre. Here in this track the extra soft was on both sides [of the tyre] so sure a little bit of help in these long corners. But we try anyway and for example Lorenzo and Crutchlow were faster than me so I still think I have to improve a little bit.

"Seventh is not the best, but I hope to have a good start tomorrow."

Pedrosa, who fell early on his MotoGP return at Le Mans, confirmed that his arm is "improving a little day by day. I hope it will be better in the next races."

Fellow Honda rider Cal Crutchlow stressed the importance of having Pedrosa back in terms of bike development.

"Honda are working really hard. They are coming into our garage a lot," said the LCR rider. "And I'll tell you it's really helpful that Dani is on the pace and able to give good information. It's good that Honda have another guy who can either back us up or give another perspective."



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