Pedrosa expects tyre choice to be key

Dani Pedrosa believes that everyone's tyre decisions on Thursday night could decide the outcome of this weekend's Turkish Grand Prix

Pedrosa expects tyre choice to be key

The third round of the season is the first event that will really be affected by the new tyre rules, which require riders to choose the tyres they want to use before their bikes have taken to the track.

The new rules were not an issue in the first two races of the year, as the teams had tested extensively at Losail and Jerez during the winter.

However, Friday's first practice session will mark the first time than one of the new 800cc bikes has taken to the Istanbul Park circuit.

"A lot will depend on the meeting with Michelin on Thursday," said Pedrosa, who is second in the standings to Valentino Rossi.

"We will look at the tyre plan and the weather forecast and decide on the strategy - whether to go for a risky one of elect for safety."

Pedrosa stormed from the back of the grid to lead last year's Turkish race, but he then fell in the closing stages.

The Spaniard also holds the 250cc lap record at the circuit from 2005, and he is looking forward to returning to the track.

"I'm feeling ready for this race," he said. "We haven't tested the new bikes at this track, so everyone will face the same questions: what to do and how to do it with regard to the bike, tyres, and the whole package.

"With the new tyre rule it's difficult to predict how things will work out. It should be an interesting weekend."

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