Dani Pedrosa issues engine warning to Casey Stoner

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Dani Pedrosa warned Casey Stoner not to get too carried away after the Australian’s sensational factory Honda debut in Valencia earlier this month.

Stoner raved about the smooth engine performance of the RC212V machine after he finished a close second to Jorge Lorenzo in the first test ahead of the 2011 MotoGP world championship.

But Pedrosa had a cautious word for his new Repsol team-mate, the Spaniard still frustrated by Honda’s failure to make its V4 contender easier to manage.

Pedrosa, who finished fifth fastest in the Valencia test, said: “I don't know how the Ducati is, but compard to the Yamaha we are still too aggressive both on acceleration and deceleration.

"Our bike is moving a lot because of the engine and we still have to work on that.  Casey’s experience with the Honda is very low. He hasn't it raced it yet so compared to the Ducati he felt the difference. I know how difficult it is to manage the power delivery for the whole race where he was only doing short runs. I tried a new engine in Valencia but it is still too aggressive in the way it delivers the power.”

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt