Pedrosa's test running restricted by fever
16 February 2017 – Dani Pedrosa has expanded on the illness which forced him to miss the majority of Thursday's running at Phillip Island, stating that he arrived at the track with "no strength".
Pedrosa began to feel unwell on Wednesday afternoon, and symptoms intensified overnight, the Spaniard waking up for the middle test day with "a sore throat and a bit of a fever".
Following a medical check-up at the Clinica Mobile, he rested in the paddock and watched on from the Repsol Honda garage, before finally venturing out on track at around 3pm.
Pedrosa managed to complete 40 laps on his way to 16th position.
"Unfortunately, near the end of yesterday's session I started feeling a bit strange, and things got worse overnight," commented Pedrosa, explaining how the illness took hold.
"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 two o'clock, so I just waited.
"I tried to do some laps, 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."
Pedrosa's team-mate, Marc Márquez, ended the day second on the timesheets, 0.462s adrift of Yamaha rival Maverick Viñales, and is still looking for set-up improvements with his RC213V.
"I did two long runs at the end of the day, to try different configurations of the electronics, and that allowed us to gather a lot of information," commented the three-time MotoGP World Champion.
"We're still missing something, because I'm not 100 per cent comfortable, but we're working in a good way.
"Hopefully the long runs will allow us to find the areas where we can take a step forward."