The 31-time MotoGP race winner is making a wildcard look this weekend at Jerez with KTM, marking simply his second outing since retiring from full-time competitors on the finish of 2018.
Although he examined not too long ago at Jerez on the RC16, Pedrosa was nonetheless shocked when he topped FP1 with a 1m36.770s on Friday morning.
This time stored him third on the mixed order come the top of the day’s operating and has secured him a spot immediately in Q2 for qualifying.
Pedrosa says his velocity has been “sudden”, however he feels he could be getting forward of himself if he was to start out fascinated by podium challenges in Saturday’s dash race.
“Superb day, sudden, for me and for the group and for the followers,” Pedrosa, who final raced on the Styrian GP in 2021, mentioned.
“It was a shock, this morning particularly. I had a great feeling. It’s truly my first 1m36s at this observe.
“So, actually blissful to enhance my lap time with the [soft tyre]. That is good.
“Within the afternoon the observe was tougher, with the wind and the recent circumstances.
“However among the riders had been actually quick however the observe was worse. However total, we’re blissful. Going into Q2 shouldn’t be one thing that’s simple to do.
“That’s quite a bit to ask [fighting for a sprint podium]. I don’t know what to anticipate.
“Anyway first, we’ve got qualifying after which within the race it’s a must to do overtakes.
“And I don’t understand how I’ll deal with the overtakes as a result of it’s been a very long time. So, [I will take it] because it comes.”
Dani Pedrosa, Crimson Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing
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Pedrosa’s sole intention this weekend is to assemble knowledge for KTM to assist additional growth of the RC16, and already feels driving with the remainder of the grid has been useful on this regard.
“It’s actually useful to be taught concerning the distinction between following [riders] and never following,” he added.
“So, after I’m not following [riders] within the take a look at I can say ‘that is higher now, however a query mark for while you observe’.
“I can say ‘you have to test this in that situation, or this may very well be good in a sure second’. It’s simply getting extra expertise to have a much bigger image.”