Honda rider Dani Pedrosa woke up on day two of testing at the Philip Island Circuit with a sore throat and a bit of a fever, and after a check-up in the Clinica Mobile, he and his team decided it would be prudent for him to rest for a while in an effort to recover some strength.
The Spanish rider eventually took to the track around 3 p.m. and bravely completed 40 laps despite his less-than-ideal condition.
His best lap time of 1’30.245” placed him in 16th position. He hopes to feel better for the third and final day of the test tomorrow.
“Unfortunately, near the end of yesterday’s session I started feeling a bit strange and things got worse overnight,” he explained. “This morning I couldn’t have breakfast as I wasn’t feeling good in my stomach and I had a bit of a fever and no strength.”
“I could eat absolutely nothing until around 2 o’clock, so I just waited. I tried to do some laps in the afternoon, starting slowly, and although I improved a little lap by lap, I didn’t push hard. Anyway, now I’m feeling better and hopefully tomorrow I’ll be in better shape for the final day of the test.”