2010-05-03 09:12
The Repsol Honda Team returned to the scene of yesterday’s dramatic Grand Prix of Spain for a testing session today along with the rest of the MotoGP contenders, and Dani Pedrosa set the fastest time of the day with his team-mate Andrea Dovizioso not far behind.

After his valiant second place in the race on Sunday, Pedrosa was immediately fast again today and set his quickest time - a benchmark of 1m 39.425s - on only his fifth lap out of the pits. The time was three tenths of a second inside the new race lap record the Spaniard set yesterday. Pedrosa emerged unscathed from a fall towards the end of the session and ended the day in an upbeat mood.

Dovizioso’s best time of 1m 39.760s - set on Bridgestone’s harder option tyres - was good enough for fifth place overall and was the second quickest time set on this rubber compound.

Both riders were testing the latest RC212V machine developments provided by Honda, evaluating an updated-specification engine and the modified spec chassis. Dovizioso also trialed the updated engine and both riders provided positive feedback which will be thoroughly analysed by the team ahead of the next race.

The Repsol Honda Team now leaves the sunshine of Andalucia and starts preparations for round three of the MotoGP world championship - the Grand Prix of France - which takes place on May 23 at the famous Le Mans circuit.

Lap times
Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda 1’39.425
Valentino Rossi Fiat Yamaha 1’39.480
Jorge Lorenzo Fiat Yamaha 1’39.506
Randy De Puniet LRC Honda 1’39.609
Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda 1’39.760
Casey Stoner Marlboro Ducati 1’39.786
Nicky Hayden Marlboro Ducati 1’39.906
Ben Spies Yamaha Tech3 1’39.958
Loris Capirossi Rizla Suzuki 1’40.040
Colin Edwards Yamaha Tech3 1’40.042
Marco Melandri San Carlo Honda 1’40.129
Marco Simoncelli San Carlo Honda 1’40.370
Mika Kallio Pramac Ducati 1’40.446
Alvaro Bautista Rizla Suzuki 1’40.463
Hiroshi Aoyama Interwetten Honda 1’40.470
Aleix Espargaro Pramac Ducati 1’40.686
Hector Barbera Aspar MotoGP team 1’40.932

DANI PEDROSA – 1st 1m 39.425s 60 laps
“This was a useful day of testing and we spent some time working in detail on suspension adjustments - some of the things we didn’t have the time to test in the pre-season because we were focusing on other issues. We also tried a modified spec engine and collected some information for the development engineers, but it’s too early to say whether it’s a step forward yet because we only had two runs out of the pits with it. The crash was a little strange and I wasn’t expecting it, but the important thing is that I’m not hurt and I can look forward to Le Mans which is a circuit I’ve raced well at before. I’m looking forward to the next round.”

ANDREA DOVIZIOSO – 5th 1m 39.760s 71 laps
“I’m happy with my lap time today and, although the track conditions were better than yesterday, 39.7 is a good time on the Bridgestone harder option tyre and it’s only two tenths behind the fastest time set with that tyre, so I’m pretty satisfied with that. Our machine lacks a bit of stability so it’s not easy to be consistent but I’m really happy with the new parts Honda has brought here. We tried the new chassis and swingarm which have improved the last part of the braking area and corner entry. The new specification engine has improved the acceleration slightly and we’ll look at the data and decide if we’ll use it in the upcoming races.”

Source: Repsol Honda Team

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