Pedrosa 13th in MotoGP on RC212V

Pedrosa Report

Dani Pedrosa’s team manager, Alberto Puig, has to concentrate on the long season ahead rather than dwell on Pedrosa’s poor showing during testing ahead of the opening round of the 2010 FIM MotoGP World Championship in Qatar.

Last year, Pedrosa came in the MotoGP season still recovering from injuries. It took Dani a portion of the year to fully recovery. As his health increased, so did the Repsol Honda riders results on the RC212V.

This year Pedrosa has started out struggling again in testing ahead of the opening MotoGP race at Losail on April 11th. Pedrosa finished only 13th fastest in the final test after 56 laps of trying. He is not satisfied with results and is clearly struggling with the bike.

Dani Pedrosa

"I’m still struggling with the bike moving quite a lot at the front and that’s caused by issues at rear. Because of this I’m also going too slowly through the corners. We have to stay positive and be glad that I’m going into this season fully fit, and we’ll keep working to improve things."

Alberto Puig

"As with every year, we have to be prepared for a long new season.

"Qatar is the first race but at the end this is an endurance championship of eight or nine months, and we have to be prepared for that. We’re going to Qatar to begin this contest of stamina."

"Obviously we want the bike to be at its best and the rider to have the most comfortable feeling with it, but so far it has been testing. That may give an indication of what it will be like on the track for the race, but it’s not something decisive. What really counts is what happens on Sunday – race night – in Qatar."

Final MotoGP Test Combined Times: March 18 – 19
Pos / Rider / Team / Session 1 / Session 2 / Prev. Gap / Lead. Gap

1 / Casey Stoner / Ducati Marlboro Team / 1:55.717 / 1:55.353 / – / –
2 / Valentino Rossi / Fiat Yamaha Team / 1:55.402 / 1:55.860 / +0.049 / +0.049
3 / Andrea Dovizioso / Repsol Honda Team / 1:56.811 / 1:55.879 / +0.477 / +0.526
4 / Ben Spies / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / 1:55.954 / 1:56.779 / +0.075 / +0.601
5 / Nicky Hayden / Ducati Marlboro Team / 1:56.855 / 1:56.115 / +0.161 / +0.762
6 / Loris Capirossi / Rizla Suzuki MotoGP / 1:57.099 / 1:56.195 / +0.080 / +0.842
7 / Jorge Lorenzo / Fiat Yamaha Team / 1:56.838 / 1:56.504 / +0.309 / +1.151
8 / Randy De Puniet / LCR Honda MotoGP / 1:56.588 / 1:56.504 / – / +1.151
9 / Colin Edwards / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / 1:56.540 / 1:56.722 / +0.036 / +1.187
10 / Mika Kallio / Pramac Racing Team / 1:56.923 / 1:56.767 / +0.227 / +1.414
11 / Aleix Espargaro / Pramac Racing Team / 1:57.898 / 1:56.897 / +0.130 / +1.544
12 / Alvaro Bautista / Rizla Suzuki MotoGP / 1:57.960 / 1:56.898 / +0.001 / +1.545
13 / Dani Pedrosa / Repsol Honda Team / 1:57.047 / 1:56.935 / +0.037 / +1.582
14 / Marco Melandri / San Carlo Honda Gresini / 1:57.605 / 1:57.222 / +0.287 / +1.869
15 / Hector Barbera / Aspar Team / 1:57.822 / 1:57.223 / +0.001 / +1.870
16 / Hiroshi Aoyama / Interwetten-Honda MotoGP / 1:57.888 / 1:57.251 / +0.028 / +1.898
17 / Marco Simoncelli / San Carlo Honda Gresini / 1:57.891 / 1:57.379 / +0.128 / +2.026