Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa was not preoccupied with setting a fast lap in Monday’s Brno test as the Spanish rider instead focused on the ‘little things’ with this weekend’s Austrian round at the Red Bull Ring in mind.

Pedrosa, who was the runner-up in Sunday’s race behind team-mate Marc Marquez, remains in the fight for the title in fifth place, 31 points behind Marquez

“I was just testing a few things on the fork, a different set-up on the fork, and actually it was an improvement from the last time that I tried,” he said.

“But still, not 100 per-cent ready with this kind of set-up. I think we need some extra help and we need to work more, so it is not ready for the weekend.

“Looking now for the next race, of course it is a track where we don’t have much experience – only last year’s GP – so we want to start with the things we know are working, that’s for sure. We need to try the tyres and things but we want to have the clear plan in every practice and also we will try a few things on acceleration just to get some more control in the throttle.”

Pedrosa also tested some new Michelin tyres but held back from attempting a time attack as he worked on some of the finer points with the RCV to build confidence heading in Australia and Silverstone.

“Tyres, we do one rear and one front: the front is for Misano race and the rear looks like it is a thing for next year. The track was improving so much at the end because there was so much rubber on the track and it was getting faster and faster,” said Pedrosa, who was seventh fastest with a lap in 1m 55.795s.

“I just did work on the things I needed to work on; I didn’t try any lap time or time attack, but working a lot on the little things just to get some confidence for the next races.

“We will not have a test and we go to places like Austria and Silverstone now and we need to be on the point because in these places the weather can also be playing a part, so we want to be ready.”


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