Honda With Dani Pedrosa to Donington

By: Ally Wahlberg

Dani Pedrosa, Honda's most well known racer in MotoGP, has driven to four podiums so far this season. However, a win has so far escaped the Repsol Honda RC212V driver who is in the third place overall in the World Championship points standings. Alteration could take place at Donington Park.

Last year, Pedrosa won from Rossi (Yamaha). And now, the 21-year-old Spanish driver, after his rough ride to third two weeks ago in Catlunya, is showing all the signs of getting his title challenge back on the track.

He has his work cut out in order to roll in series leader Stoner on 140 points and Rossi in second on 128. However, Dani's 98 point tally so far is enough for him to give a serious challenge with 11 races in this 18-round series still to extend. He was unfortunate to score in Turkey and his rivals will also suffer at some stage this season.

Nonetheless, analysts say that the volatile Spaniard will not be intimidated to the flattering of his rivals. As well as last season's win, he has also attained victor at Donington Park on a 250 in 2004. Furthremore, the curves and dips of this much-loved track are his natural arena.

The park usually offers an action packed race, whether in the dry or in the 'British' weather conditions (last year's contest was dripping-wet, yet enthralling race). Resurfaced in 2004, the track now has a pit complex that makes the facilities a match for this excellent racetrack.

Just like Dani, many riders have a great deal of affection for Donington Park. This is for the reason that it compensates, in the form of win, the contestants who desire fast, open, reaching turns. The track has a slightly stiff Melbourne Loop section that spoils the rhythm and flow, yet it still provides performance as riders struggle to surpass three bouts of heavy braking towards the end of a lap.

The high point of a Donington lap is the thespian downhill fifth-gear Craner Curves. Bravery and inch-perfect commitment to a line are the requirements to be able to survive in this section of the track. And if a rider struggles to come to encounter these turns, a fast lap is but a distant hope.

The track demands two main machine characteristics that are hard to provide at the same time. These are the stability on the brakes and quick turn-in for the Esses and Melbourne Loop sections. And for the rest of this 4.023km track, perfect high-speed manner are needed.

Riders prefer different strategies. Some opt for stability knowing that a speed over the flowing first three-quarters of the track will dictate a fast lap time, while some choose to have a bike set up so that it will perform well under braking where places can be won and lost in the final three turns. Also a vital requirement is good acceleration. Top speed is slightly less needed at Donington than at other tracks.

According to Pedrosa, last year he had a very good time at Donington Park so this time around he is anticipating for the same fun and performance as last year. He said that they attained a positive test result in Barcelona after the last race. There they learned new things that could help them like the tires they tested for Michelin. The result gave them more confidence for the upcoming races.

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