Pedrosa fastest on day one at Brno

Pedrosa fastest on day one at Brno

Dani Pedrosa
photo: Honda

Dani Pedrosa was fastest on Friday in Brno. After ending FP1 seventh fastest, Dani finished the day on top of the standings as the only rider able to lap under the 1’56 barrier when he put a soft rear tyre on at the end of FP2. The Spaniard is happy to have also been fast on hard tyres during the entire session.

“Today was good because we were able to keep a good pace especially in FP2 on hard tyres. We did a good job there and then also in the final part of the session when we fit a soft rear. That was important because we normally struggle with the soft tyre while today we had a good feeling and good speed. That said, we’ll keep our feet on the ground because not every rider put the soft tyre on today and we need to repeat the performance tomorrow in qualifying. Regarding the final tyre choice for the race I think we’ll need to make more tests tomorrow”, Pedrosa commented.

Pedrosa fastest on day one at Brno

Danilo Petrucci worked a lot on the set up with his team between FP1 and FP2 and in the afternoon he was always among the leaders. The rider from Terni also testes the new fairings and the result was positive. In FP2 time attack he pushed hard and notched up P2.

“Things didn’t go very well this morning. But after the FP1 we did a great job with the team as we made a lot of changes. With hard tyres, the race pace was really positive in FP2 and the new fairings also gave positive sensations. It’s clear that some riders have hidden themselves a bit but the confidence is great”, Petrucci said.

Ángel Nieto Team rider Álvaro Bautista sealed third position

The Spanish rider finished just 0.168 seconds off the best lap of the day and reported an even better feeling with the bike than he had in Germany, where he finished the race in fifth. Bautista is feeling strong and motivated to repeat the performance tomorrow, to secure a passage to Q2 and prepare for a strong race on Sunday.

“I am happy with how today has gone, I have got a really good feeling with the bike, even better than Germany, and I feel strong and motivated after the break. This morning I had some problems with the tyres and so we worked on that this afternoon. I felt comfortable, I had fun, and that is what I will try to do again tomorrow. We want to keep improving because we are in good form and we need to make the most of it”, Bautista explained.