Pedrosa: We need to improve

Honda rider Dani Pedrosa says that while their progress has been good so far in 2016, he feels the gap between Honda and the MotoGP leader’s remains “too big” ahead of this weekend’s second race in Argentina.

In the season opener in Qatar, Honda struggled with Pedrosa finishing fifth and his team-mate Marc Márquez battling to third, behind race winner Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo and Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso.

Pedrosa is hoping that they can reel in the leading teams at the Río Hondo circuit this weekend.

In an interview, Pedrosa said the gap to the leaders was still too big and he hoped to find better speed.

“At the Qatar Grand Prix, we made a consistent step forward with the set-up compared to the winter test,” said Pedrosa.

“We improved our pace and I was able to maintain it during the race, with good consistency.

“The positives were that my arm worked well at a track that has proven challenging in that respect in the past, and that we were able to learn more about the new bike.

“But it’s still not enough; we need to improve the riding position, the way the bike behaves on the track and the setup in general in order to find better speed.

“Because at the moment the gap to the leaders is still too big.”