While the Le Mans circuit has historically been good to Dani Pedrosa, it’s going to be a tough race to the podium this year after being unable to match the pace of the leading riders in the first four rounds. Grip was his Achilles heel even in Jerez, when a spinning rear wheel landed him in a distant fourth place. Remaining in Jerez for a one day test, the Repsol Honda team has been working tirelessly to ensure that Pedrosa will not be facing the same issues with slippage at Le Mans, where grip is kind of a matter of life and death.
“I enjoy the Bugatti circuit, and we’ve had good results there in the past, but this year there are some factors to consider. In the last race, I couldn’t go full throttle on the straights because the rear tyre was spinning too much, and I think that also in Le Mans a lot will depend on how the tyre will get grip from the track. Normally, this isn’t a ‘super-grippy’ track, so we’ll have to continue working on that side in order to make it better.
“In the Jerez test, we tried to improve our feeling, testing different things such as suspension and other solutions thought to provide more grip out of the turns and to make the bike faster into the tight corners. We’ll see if the info collected will be useful on a practical level in Le Mans. Finally, let’s hope the weather will be kind to us.”