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MotoGP, Fernandez: "It's all new to me, I'm learning a lot from Pedrosa"

"Having him here is special. Whenever I have a problem, I go talk to him."Gardner: "I didn't know if I'd be able to ride with my wrist. It went better than expected."

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Raul Fernandez has earned the entirely platonic award as best rookie during the three days of Shakedown in Sepang. The Tech3 rider finished in 3rd place behind the two Aprilias but, above all, he managed to improve as each day passed.

"I'm really happy,” he said. “I focused a lot on understanding the bikes and tires and, in the end, I did an incredible job, improving day by day. I think I’ll  have a good bike for this season. The most important thing is to progress in order to win one day. But everything is different in the MotoGP,  not to mention that this track is practically new to me. I had only raced here once in 2019."

But the Spanish rider had an ace up his sleeve: Pedrosa.

"I talked to Dani these days, and he helped me a lot. His opinion is very important to me, and I can learn a lot from him,”  he explained. “It's like a dream to have him here. When I was young, younger than now,”  he said, jokingly, “ I remember that I had gone to see the GP in Jerez, and he won. I had forgotten that moment, but it's special to see him. He's a great help. When I have a problem, I go to him, I talk to him and, above all, I listen to him. Whenever he gives me advice, he always allows me to improve. I didn't know the trajectories the first day. I was completely lost, and I went to Dani. He won twice here and, if I don't know a corner well, I ask him how to do it.

Pedrosa seems to be an excellent teacher... and the pupil learns quickly.

"It’s difficult to compare the Moto2 with the MotoGP. They’re very different but, in the former,  there are no electronic controls, while here you have a lot of them,” Raul explained.  “During the winter, I concentrated on gaining  muscle because, after the tests in Jerez, I was exhausted. while today I feel good. It's normal to push yourself when you don't know the bike, then you get used to it, like what  happened to me in the Moto2 at the beginning."

Remy Gardner: “I didn't even know if I'd be able to ride”

Remy Gardner's tests were complicated by his physical condition. On the eve of the Sepang shakedown, the Australian rider wasn’t even sure he would be able to take part in it. “It was a long three days, and my biggest doubt before starting was whether I’d be able to ride with my wrist in those conditions,” he confessed,  recalling his recent fracture. “In the end, it went better than I expected. On Monday, I did more than forty laps, and I was happy to do them. I lacked a bit of speed, but yesterday I progressed, and today the same. If you had asked me on Sunday, I wouldn't have said it would have gone so well.

But the Tech3 rider isn’t in tip top shape yet.

The first two days went quite well, the same this morning. But, in the afternoon, I had no strength. I went out twice, and then I stopped. It made no sense to continue,"  he admitted.

Remy was, however, able to at least partially take advantage of these test days.

"The goal is to learn how to ride the bike. It's really different than the Moto2,” he continued. “I just thought about doing laps and understanding what I need in order  to go fast. For a rookie, these days are important. Sepang is a good circuit to learn, because there’s a bit of everything. I just have to get used to it. There are many more things to check. Pedrosa was very busy, but he gave me some advice, and it's nice to be able to compare his data."

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Translated by Leila Myftija

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