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Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa was straight on the pace during testing at Misano today, lapping nearly a second faster on new Bridgestone tyres than he did on Michelins in yesterday’s MotoGP round.

The Spaniard made a shock switch to the Japanese brand just 24 hours ago and on lap 76 of 81, managed to put in a 1’34.652s lap, which is eight tenths faster this his best race time of 1’35.479.

And during the second part of today’s session, Pedrosa also tried the pneumatic-valve RC212V, which team-mate Nicky Hayden has been campaigning.


“This has been a day with many changes and I am satisfied. It was a tough day for me, as we worked a lot and I almost never took my helmet off the whole time, but this was necessary because we did not have much time," said Pedrosa.

"Luckily it was sunny today and we were able to ride as we liked, with a slow start and then buiding up, and that is important. We tried to find a set up we liked, as the tyres are very different and the handling on the bike changed drastically, it feels like another bike.

"Right now it is difficult to say what it is that I most liked about the new tyres, as I still do not have much experience with them and we have not tried a lot of compounds. I just tried to get used to them, find their limits and to get to know them and their response. I tried to find out if they are good when you start off, or whether you have to warm them up more or less time.

"At the beginning the first thing you aim for is security, to feel comfortable and to find out how the stability is on the bike. From then on the most important thing for me is to begin to discover where their limits are and to find out how they react at certain moments.

"The bike that has the engine with pneumatic valves is very different, something I am not used to because it is a bit more aggressive and and I do not have so much touch. It is not so gentle. It has other strongpoints, although there is still work to do on the set up, because the other bike is more tuned. I did not do a lot of laps, but the sensations have not been bad at all.”

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