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Check out this week how Dani Pedrosa tries to drive an F1 car and get better at it. Honda team-mates Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa took a break from two wheels at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria swapping their Repsol Honda RC213 bikes for the might of a V8-powered Red Bull Racing RB8 as used in the 2012 F1 campaign by Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel.
This time, we got Dani Pedrosa to try, and the results are… quite surprising.
All this goes in preparation for the MotoGP stop in Germany. The tight Sachsenring is one of the slowest-run races on the calendar, but racing at close quarters makes for a bruising, elbows-out, all action event. The first bike races in the area were held in 1927, on the roads and streets in and around Hohenstein-Ernstthal. By 1990, and with reunification beckoning, street racing was too hazardous to continue. In 1996, the purpose-built Sachsenring was opened near Chemnitz and hosted its first MotoGP race in 1998. Many improvements have taken place since then, including a drastic layout enhancement in 2001. The 2017 event saw Marc Márquez seal victory to kickstart a late-season charge towards the title – will 2018 prove to be as pivotal?