Brno MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa in pain and in tyre trouble

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Dani Pedrosa’s return to action in Brno today ended in bitterly disappointing fashion as the Spaniard tried to overcome hand injuries and tyre problems.

The Repsol Honda rider was left languishing down in 16th place with only struggling Anthony West slower as he struggled with the wrist and finger injuries that ruled him out of last month’s American GP in Laguna Seca.

He was also dogged by a lack of front-end grip from his Michelin tyres, which was a common complaint with the likes of Jorge Lorenzo, James Toseland and Colin Edwards.

“Both of today’s sessions were quite difficult for us. My left wrist and index finger are still hurting when I ride the bike, and the tyres are not helping the situation. The asphalt is new, but it’s the same situation for everyone. We have tried several different solutions today and so far we still haven’t found the right tyres for the race.

"We will keep working tomorrow, looking for the best tyres and working on the machine. We hope we can get some more dry track time and then we will see for Sunday, “said Pedrosa.

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt