Pedrosa test Bridgestone tyres at Misano

2008-09-02 04:44
Spaniard Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda RC212V, today made his debut on Bridgestone tyres at the MotoGP test held at the Misano circuit, Italy, venue for the GP of San Marino held yesterday. Pedrosa ran a total of 81 laps testing both the spring valve engine and the latest version of the RC212V with pneumatic valves. Pedrosa's best time with the spring valve engine was1m 35.555s, which he lowered to 1m 34.652s riding the RCV with pneumatic valves.

The San Carlo Gresini Honda team were also in action and spent the day testing a variety of Bridgestone tyres. Japanese star Shinya Nakano, who experienced vibration problems in yesterdays GP, was pleased with the results of the test and goes into the Indianapolis GP on September 14 in buoyant mood.

Nakano's team mate, Alex De Angelis, had dedicated the entire day testing qualifying tyres and, despite being unable to better his qualifying time for the race, was confident that he and Bridgestone will have a much better package to work with in coming races.

LCR Honda rider Randy de Puniet concentrated on checking a range of Ohlins suspension units and new Brembo brake calipers in preparation for the forthcoming flyaway races in Indianapolis USA, Japan, Australia and Malaysia. De Puniet crashed in yesterdays GP of San Marino injuring his right hand which hampered brake testing but the Frenchman was content with the progress made with suspension and the Michelin tyres with a new construction.

Honda rider quotes and lap times.

Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda: 1m 34.652s — on lap 76 of 81.
"I'm happy starting this new challenge and I would like to thank Bridgestone. Today we also made an important step forward in developing the 2009 bike, but now my first priority is to be fully competitive again. Of course, there is a lot of work to do but I am determined to win again this year. Today we worked hard on bike set-up. The feeling with the new tyres on my RC212V is different, both for settings and for riding style, but I just tried to follow my feelings and adjust the set-up accordingly.

"Today was only my first day riding on Bridgestone tyres but I am happy. I also tested the pneumatic-valve engine. The engine character is different, the power delivery is a bit more aggressive, but the engine has some good points. I have no experience on this latest bike, so I had to test many new things today. This has been an important test. Now we will analyse all the data and we look forward to the next race at Indianapolis."

Shinya Nakano, San Carlo Gresini Honda: 1m 35.446s — on lap 23 53.
"We cured the vibration problem we had in the race yesterday and then started to test tyres for Bridgestone. Not new tyres but making short runs with existing tyres to check various things on settings. At the end of the day I was quite fast and ran the same times I did in qualifying for the race. I will go to Indy with a very positive feeling."

Alex De Angelis, San Carlo Gresini Honda: 1m 36.972s — on lap 37 of 41.
"I only tested qualifying tyres today but didn't improve my best qualifying time of the weekend. The problem is that I am much faster on race tyres than the qualifying rubber, incredible but true. Coming from the 250 class I have no experience of qualifying tyres so it is taking me time to learn. The rear qualifying tyre pushes the front and this makes it difficult for me when I try to steer the bike into the corner because the front end turns in. But today was very positive for both me and Bridgestone and we learned a lot from the test."

Randy de Puniet, LCR Honda: 1m 35,972s — on lap 28 of 48.
"I tested many things today but could not give my maximum because of my injured right hand. But I was happy with the new Michelin tyres which have a different construction than we have run before. The rest of the day was spent checking out a lot of suspension parts from Ohlins and new Brembo brakes with larger pistons. But obviously I cannot say too much about the brakes because of my injured hand."

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