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Positive Day For Dani Pedrosa In Le Mans - May 21st 2007

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    Dani Pedrosa set the fastest time in Le Mans on the day after the Grand Prix of France. Team-mate Nicky Hayden gets back to activity after the serious crash suffered yesterday.

    After Sunday's eventful Grand Prix of France on Sunday, the Repsol Honda Team remained today at Le Mans and dodged the rain showers to put in a profitable day's testing. Dani Pedrosa, who rode to an excellent fourth place in appalling conditions yesterday, ventured out on a wet track in the morning to evaluate intermediate tyres and gain further useful data for the Michelin technicians. With a dry track and warmer temperatures in the afternoon, Spaniard continued tests on the modified exhaust system seen on his RC212V over the race weekend.

    Nicky Hayden made a remarkable return to the track today following his fearsome high speed exit from yesterday's race. The World Champion shrugged off the pain from serious bruising to his ribs and completed 43 laps as he focussed on further enhancements to the handling characteristics of his Repsol Honda. Both riders will remain at the 4.180km (2.597-mile) Le Mans circuit for another day of testing tomorrow before the crates are transported to Mugello ahead of the Grand Prix of Italy, which takes place on Sunday June 3.

    Nicky Hayden - Best lap time: 1m 35.9s - 43 laps;

    "I'm happy to be able to get on the bike after yesterday. The doctors said I definitely wouldn't make my situation any worse by riding if I could deal with the pain, and it's obvious I need to be working on some issues right now - me and the team both.

    The laps today weren't exactly comfortable today though. We focussed all our time trying get rid of the chatter into the corners because we were getting some here - even yesterday even in the rain. I hope to feel even better tomorrow and will be aiming to get some more good information for the team."

    Dani Pedrosa - Best lap time: 1m 35.0s - 70 laps;

    "We were working on some bike set-up improvements today and trying to make the most of the dry track time because since the last IRTA test in Jerez I haven't had too much dry testing.

    We made some improvements today which is good because we have struggled a little in China and also at times over this weekend, so it's important we take things forward ahead of the next race in Mugello. The weather here is always difficult to predict but hopefully we'll get another useful day here tomorrow."

    Unofficial lap times;

  1. 1 Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team - 1m 35.0s 70
  2. 2 John Hopkins, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP - 1m 35.0s
  3. 3 Casey Stoner, Ducati Marlboro Team - 1m 35.0s 44
  4. 4 Toni Elias, Honda Gresini - 1m 35.1s 58
  5. 5 Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha Team - 1m 35.3s 66
  6. 6 Loris Capirossi, Ducati Marlboro Team - 1m 35.4s 50
  7. 7 Carlos Checa, LCR Honda - 1m 35.4s 76
  8. 8 Colin Edwards, Fiat Yamaha Team - 1m 35.6s 59
  9. 9 Marco Melandri, Honda Gresini - 1m 35.7 66
  10. 10 Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda Team - 1m 35.9s 40
  11. 11 Makoto Tamada, Tech 3 Yamaha - 1m 36.6s
  12. 12 Chris Vermeulen, Rizla Suzuki MotoGP - unknown