6.09.2008

Ouch: that's gotta hurt

Pedrosa and Hayden did some post-Catalunya testing, again trying to figure out whether to use spring or pneumatic valves on the RC212V in upcoming races. I can't figure out why it's taking Honda so long to get this issue sorted, but I'm sure there's more to it than meets the layman's eye.

So Pedrosa does some laps on the spring-valved bike (best lap time 1:43:48), and then breaks out the pneumatic-valved version. He managed a 1:43:81 before some electrical issues forced him back onto the spring machine. He then managed to high-side on the turn 2 chicane, sending him to the hospital with a bruised back. Nothing too serious, but he does require 48 hours of rest and some anti-inflammatory meds. It'll be interesting to see if this affects his racing at Donnington in a couple of weeks. And a better question: will he blame any poor results on the crash?

Hayden continued testing, and managed a 1:42:721 lap time with the pneumatic valves. A respectable time for the once-competent Kentucky Kid.
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