Fastest on Friday, Dani Pedrosa dropped to tenth in qualifying and then had to settle for a frustrating eighth in Sunday's Czech Republic MotoGP.

The cause of his misery was a lack of acceleration, which was costing the Repsol Honda rider as much as 0.2s per corner exit.

"I'm pretty angry about the feeling on the bike," Pedrosa said. "I wasn't able to do my thing and basically it's because I wasn't going strong out of the corner, because I lose so much. 

"Every time I touch the throttle I spin and I lose 0.2 per acceleration exit. So then I have to recover in braking, so I'm doing the 'elastic [band effect]' all the time with the group and I cannot make any passes because I'm too far back when I arrive to the braking point. 

"It's been this situation in the last few races and I think it's difficult to improve, to fight, when I lose pretty much 0.2 per acceleration. It's a lot at the end of the lap. So we have to work tomorrow in the test to see if I can find something that can give me this better exit."

Asked why he had looked so strong on Friday, Pedrosa explained: "I did more-or-less the same lap time all weekend. So it must be the other guys improving during the weekend."

Team-mate Marc Marquez was third and LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow fifth.

Pedrosa, who will retire at the end of this season, is twelfth in the world championship.



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