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Old 03-04-2016, 06:20 AM   #1
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Pedrosa frustrated with lack of pace

Improvements but not as good as the Spaniard would like

ANOTHER frustrating day at the Qatar test for Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa after finding it difficult to get back on the pace.

The second evening of pre-season testing came to an end in Qatar with Dani Pedrosa as the top Honda mounted rider in a disappointing seventh and 0.421s back on young Maverick Viñales’ fastest time.

During the session the Repsol Honda man tried a variety of settings to improve his pace which proved to pay off slowly. Eleven consecutive laps saw Pedrosa maintain steady 1:57s, but still a far way off the pace of the front runners.

'We have improved a lot compared to yesterday even if I found it a little hard to get back on the pace at the beginning,' explained the Spaniard.

'Later on I was able to do almost a full race simulation and was able to gain experience with the electronics and tyres. At the end we tried to improve our feeling, which is not as good as we would like, but we must be positive and improve step by step.'

Thursday also saw Pedrosa fit his Repsol Honda RC213V with aerodynamic winglets notably seen on Ducati's. Honda are now the latest manufacturer to join the trend. Honda's winglets are still very much in the development process and therefore will not yet be an addition full-time.

Speaking about the winglets, Pedrosa said: 'We tested the winglets for the first time and they certainly change the feeling we have but the first contact went well.

'There are some positives and some negative things, but it was only the first prototype and I guess we'll have to change some things to improve the aerodynamics.'

Concluding, the 30-year-old said: 'Let's see if tomorrow, on the last day of testing, we can take a small step forward in order to better understand where we can be in the opening race.'

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