The Se­cret to Dani’s Suc­cess

Bike India - - Sport -

THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT DANI PE­DROSA’S WIN AT MISANO was a spec­tac­u­lar one but what was it that made Mo­toGP’s peren­nial un­der­dog re­turn to top form? The warm tem­per­a­tures at Misano were a fac­tor of course. They meant fewer is­sues with re­tain­ing heat in the bike’s tyres; his choice of tyres for the race was al­most unique with only one other rider run­ning the same com­bi­na­tion. What set Dani apart how­ever was his unique rid­ing style, which meant he was able to use Miche­lin’s grip­pier front op­tion.

His bril­liant per­for­mance how­ever was not a com­plete sur­prise. There were rays of light at Sil­ver­stone too. Dani him­self ad­mit­ted that the day of test­ing at Brno was cru­cial for it al­lowed the team to con­firm if the new parts on the bike were of any ac­tual ben­e­fit. “For the test in Brno we had a dif­fer­ent chas­sis and some parts. So what we did at that test was recheck all the parts to see if they were any bet­ter. At the end we went back to what we had be­fore and tried dif­fer­ent set­tings on the stan­dard parts. I liked this a bit more than the new parts. I could start feel­ing the tyres bet­ter and I was less un­happy since it was al­ready a step bet­ter,” Dani ex­plained. “We de­cided to use this set­ting for the next race to see how it helps me un­der­stand the tyres bet­ter. As a re­sult, lit­tle by lit­tle, I learnt how to ride bet­ter with th­ese tyres at Sil­ver­stone. Here (at Misano) I have learnt even more,” he added.

Keen to see an im­prove­ment in per­for­mance, HRC al­lowed Pe­drosa to seek the ad­vice of Juan Martinez – one time crew chief of Nicky Hay­den – on mat­ters of prepa­ra­tion and ap­proach. The per­for­mance also came af­ter it emerged that Pe­drosa will have a new crew chief for 2017. Gi­a­como Guidotti – cur­rently work­ing in Scott Red­ding’s cor­ner – will move from Pra­mac Ducati to HRC, mov­ing Pe­drosa’s right-hand man Ra­mon Aurin to work along­side Jack Miller [Marc VDS Honda].

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