Pedrosa has ‘strange day’ at Jerez test
Dani Pedrosa says that the one-day test at Jerez following last weekend’s race at the Spanish circuit was a ‘strange day’ for him, with improved track conditions not brining the improvement in grip the team where hoping for.
Jerez is a notoriously slippery track when the temperatures rises, but Pedrosa said that despite cooler temperatures they were nonetheless hampered by similar problems to Sunday’s race.
“We basically tried to improve on the feeling we had in Sunday’s race. It was a strange day, because the weather was fantastic and the asphalt offered a very good level of grip, but the lap times weren’t much different to what we saw over the Grand Prix weekend.”
However, despite a lack of grip, him and his Repsol Honda team were able to work through a testing program aimed at curing the corner exit problems that have plagued the RCV213 all season.
“We tried different suspension options and found some solutions that allowed us to have more grip when riding out of corners. We also worked on corner entry, trying to get the bike quicker both in the fast turns and on entry to the slower corners. At the end we tested three different front-tyre compounds and one of them was clearly better than what we currently have, which is positive.”