2009-11-09 07:48
Following Dani Pedrosa’s emphatic win in yesterday’s Grand Prix of Valencia, the Repsol Honda Team returned to the scene of victory to begin testing in preparation for next season. Both Pedrosa and his factory Honda team-mate Andrea Dovizioso enjoyed their first taste of the 2010 RC212V, which features a brand new chassis and swing arm, and the latest evolution of the V4 engine which powered Pedrosa to success yesterday. The machine incorporates some subtle geometry changes and different stiffness characteristics designed to further enhance the RCV212’s agility and handling.

In order to provide enough time for the teams to regroup after the final race of the season, today’s MotoGP test began at 1pm and finished at 5pm. Pedrosa’s programme included further evaluation of the Ohlins suspension he sampled briefly in the single-day test that followed the Czech Grand Prix in August, and he was able to set an impressive lap time of 1m 33.088s. This was just three-tenths of a second outside his best time from yesterday, which was also the fastest lap of the race. Andrea Dovizioso, like Pedrosa, rode exclusively with the new machine, and was able to improve on his best lap from yesterday’s race by more than 0.3s with a time of 1m 33.675s.

Dani Pedrosa - Best lap 1m 33.088s
“We tested with the new 2010 bike today and also used Ohlins suspension. The key thing was to begin getting used to the new suspension because the feelings are quite different and we need some time to find the set-up for the new chassis. We didn’t do so many laps this afternoon because, with this kind of testing, you spend quite a lot of time in the box. The feeling from the chassis was quite similar today - it’s the suspension that really feels different, and I think this is normal when you make a change like this. The initial feeling is positive and we’ll come back tomorrow and get back down to work.”

Andrea Dovizioso - Best lap 1m 33.675s
“Today we tried the 2010 machine with the new chassis and swing arm. It’s very early days of course, but the first impression is positive and the feeling is that we are working in a good direction. The weight distribution is different in order to improve the stability of the machine under braking and to better suit the Bridgestone tyres. We have two more days of testing here, and tomorrow we have the whole day to continue evaluating the new machine.”

Source: Repsol Honda Team

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