Steady Start For Hayden, Pedrosa Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Nicky Hayden made a steady start to their German GP weekend at the Sachsenring today, the pair completing the first two practice sessions in fifth and eighth...
Steady Start For Hayden, Pedrosa
Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Nicky Hayden made a steady start to their German GP weekend at the Sachsenring today, the pair completing the first two practice sessions in fifth and eighth positions.
World Championship leader Pedrosa was fourth this morning but slid off at Turn 12 in the early stages of this afternoon's session, run in muggy 30 degree heat. The Spaniard was unhurt and his RC212V only suffered minor damage but he had to complete the session on his number two bike and was unable to better his morning time. All being well, he should be able to move forward tomorrow.
Hayden made some useful improvements to his RC212V in today's second outing and the American believes he can find a good few tenths during tomorrow's final two sessions.
Dani Pedrosa, fifth fastest, 1m 22.759s
"This morning we started out working on set-up and tyre choice, as usual. I had a good feeling and the tyres were working well with a track temperature of 29 degrees. In the afternoon I crashed at Turn 12, maybe because I braked too late, but the crash was without any real consequence. After that I used my second bike but I couldn't find the same feeling, so I couldn't go as fast as I wanted. Tomorrow we will try to improve our settings and do some longer runs on tyres. We have to see how hot it will be, because the track temperature can get very hot here, this afternoon it was already more than 40 degrees."
Nicky Hayden, eighth fastest, 1m 22.975s
"Today was pretty average, really. I certainly hoped to be nearer the top in both sessions. We made some little improvements this afternoon, got the bike to steer a bit better, and dropped the lap time a bit which helped, but we're still down in eighth. It's a short little lap here, so a couple of tenths is a lot. We've got a couple of ideas to improve tomorrow, but it's not easy to figure out how we're going to get down to where we need to be. We need to find a big chunk from somewhere. In the past I've had some good results here but it's a track where I always struggle a bit on the first day and then pull it together, so let's see if we can't do the same this year. Lap time-wise we're already quite a bit quicker than last year which we have been everywhere, in fact I've already gone faster than I qualified last year."
Kazuhiko Yamano - Team Manager
"Today has been quite a difficult day. Both riders have made some small improvements during the day and done some work on tyre choice. Now we need to find some more improvements for tomorrow. Dani crashed at the bottom of the hill this afternoon but luckily he wasn't hurt and his motorcycle also only suffered very minor damage. Once again, it looks like there is a question mark over the weather here, so the work our team has done today will be very important for race day."
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