Czech GP: Repsol Honda Friday practice report

Tough First Day The Repsol Honda Team had a tough first day of practice at Brno today, its sole rider Dani Pedrosa completing the first two sessions in 16th position. Pedrosa is still struggling with the broken left wrist and index finger ...

Tough First Day

The Repsol Honda Team had a tough first day of practice at Brno today, its sole rider Dani Pedrosa completing the first two sessions in 16th position.

Pedrosa is still struggling with the broken left wrist and index finger he suffered when he crashed out of the lead of the German GP on July 13. He is also having some issues with tyre choice.

Repsol Honda team-mate Nicky Hayden is absent from Brno due to an injury suffered during practice for the X Games Supermoto event in Los Angeles on August 1. The American cracked a bone in his right heel when he landed badly from a jump. He is due to return to action at the San Marino GP on August 29/30/31.

Conditions at Brno today were warm and overcast, with heavy rain falling shortly after this afternoon's session. Further rain is forecast for tomorrow, though race day is expected to be dry.

Dani Pedrosa, 16th fastest, 2m 00.540s

"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."

Kazuhiko Yamano - Team Manager

"Dani is still feeling pain from his left hand injury. But he can ride and we believe that the situation will get better. We are having some difficulties with tyre choice, Dani is lacking contact feeling here, especially from the front tyre. His crew have made some small adjustments today, mainly to the suspension. We hope he will be in better shape tomorrow."

-credit: repsol

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Nicky Hayden , Dani Pedrosa
Teams Repsol Honda Team