Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner both believe the team need to find more pace from their motorcycle after Yamaha set the pace on Friday at Mugello. Pedrosa was the quicker of the two this afternoon but with Jorge Lorenzo looking ominous on his race simulation, Dani says they need to find the best part of half a second.
“We had some troubles with the tyres in the morning, but in the afternoon we made a step forward that I’m happy with in order to keep improving tomorrow. We struggled to get up to the pace a little in FP1, but during the day we were getting closer to Lorenzo, who seems to have the set up quite clear from the beginning. In the afternoon we wanted complete the 12 laps Bridgestone requested on the standard hard option tyre.
“I went out planning to make this long run on my first exit but I couldn’t complete it due to the red flag. Anyway, we finished the day quite well and we have some ideas for tomorrow; we need to find some more grip and better braking to gain three or four more tenths”.
Stoner was four places behind his teammate in sixth and was concerned by his bikes' performance on the harder tyre. The Australian is concerned with the current situation but is hoping to make a fresh start tomorrow.
“We haven’t had a great day and aren’t too impressed with our pace on the bike. This morning we began very far off the pace and slowly made our way forward. This afternoon we were trying to get the hard tyre to work, but every time we went out it didn’t work so we came back in to try something different and then go back out but it was still the same.
“We can’t seem to get the same tyre temperatures that the others are getting at the moment, we’re trying to find it through different set ups, but we haven’t found it just yet. We have some thinking to do tonight and will try to come back tomorrow with something different”.