Pedrosa competitive on Friday. What can we expect from this GP?

The Spanish MotoGP GP started this Friday and it did so with a lot of expectation about the role that Dani Pedrosa can play. The KTM rider takes part as a guest and is working on the evolution of the KTM in race conditions, testing different components such as the front wing on the fender, but the truth is that expectations about what can happen are high.

And after the dispute in the first free practice sessions it seemed that it was no wonder, because Dani has become competitive again. He has not led the first practice like he did last year, but this season things are different because the practice is really free and does not count towards going directly to Q2.

This may be one of the keys to Dani Pedrosa's performance, and he has been working a lot with the tires. One of the virtues that Pedrosa always had when he was a permanent driver was taking care of the tires and now, being a test driver and taking into account the few tires available for testing, he has improved even more.

So much so that he lasted the entire session with the same tires, with soft at the front and medium at the rear to complete a total of 20 timed laps with the same tires. This places him as one of the drivers who has ridden the most, but also true to his style, he did it without looking for references and even giving them to drivers like Bezzecchi, who later finished ahead of him in time, or Pedro Acosta.

As if these details were not enough and taking into account that the two Aprilias did mount a new set of tires to surpass Pedrosa by just over three tenths, the important thing comes in the pace.

Dani Pedrosa's strength has been consistent pace

And Dani Pedrosa has been competitive in the morning even with worn tires, achieving three laps in 1.37 and four of them already at the end of the session, where he has achieved his best time, 1.37.619. Only Álex Márquez and Marco Bezzecchi have achieved their times in a similar situation, since the drivers who preceded them have either changed tires or have done so with fresher rubber.

To top it all off, Dani Pedrosa was the fastest in sector two and his ideal lap, which includes the best splits completed to join them in an imaginary lap, was one and a half tenths away from the best real lap. So although we don't have a crystal ball and anything can happen in races, what is certain is that Dani Pedrosa is not going to be out of tune, but he also has a spectacular race pace.

Pedrosa's pace promises great sensations

In the “Practice”, the second session, things have not gone so well for the KTM rider. A crash in the second half of the session forced him to change bikes and in those circumstances and despite getting quite close to the cut in time, significantly improving the morning's fastest lap, he finished in fourteenth position.

This second session, in which the race was faster than ever in Jerez with Bagnaia achieving the best time in one lap on the Cadiz track, makes the weekend uphill for Pedrosa who will have to go through Q1 to, There, try to make the jump to Q2.

In the event that it can happen, something that will not be easy, he will have Q2 ahead of him and the time will come to look for the best position on the grid. Right now it is difficult to know what Pedrosa will be able to do tomorrow since there are still training sessions ahead and perhaps with the bike he feels most comfortable with and with which he has crashed he can take that small step forward that he needs, since in times he is very close to the fastest.

If he manages to make that step forward and after what we saw in FP1, the pace he has can allow him to do two very competitive races, but for that we will have to wait.

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