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GP Week : Issue 45
Pedrosa’s surge puts Honda under pressure DANI Pedrosa’s unexpectedly strong bounce-back from injury and blazing start to the season – a third and a second in rounds two and three – has put the factory engineers under increased pressure, after he blasted the RC212V’s lack of winter development. In spite of leading the early laps, and leaving Stoner trailing for second, Pedrosa made strong comments to the Spanish Press in the days after the race. Pedrosa said that Honda had ignored his “clear direction from a long, long time ago”in terms of development, and that his 2009 bike was little changed from that at the end of 2008, on which he finished second at the last race of the year at Valencia. Robbed by his Qatar testing injury of valuable testing and development time, he has come back to find the bike ill- adapted to the latest broad- spectrum Bridgestone tyres. Team-mate Andrea Dovizioso is new to the factory Honda, and also new to the tyres. He too is finding the machine unsettled, complaining of over- aggressive throttle response, and awkward weight distribution. Pedros said he was tired of meetings and discussions, and hearing promises that came to nothing: I’d like to have something where I can say: This is good,”he said. ADVeRTISe in gPWeeK to access a huge global audience 16