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HRC officials reflect on 'worthwhile' test

HRC officials reflect on 'worthwhile' test

HRC officials reflect on 'worthwhile' test

Honda officials returned to Japan on Wednesday confident that the data they had gathered in three days of tests at Sepang would prove to be crucial as they put the finishing touches to the 2005 version RC211V.

Factory riders Max Biaggi and Nicky Hayden were joined by no fewer than five satellite colleagues at the Malaysian circuit and HRC Managing Director Satoru Horiike said they had all made a valuable contribution.

"This three-day test has been very worthwhile for us," commented Mr Horiike. "The two Repsol Honda factory riders and the five riders from the satellite teams have given their best efforts over the three days, we very much appreciate the work the have done."

Repsol Honda pair Max Biaggi and Nicky Hayden tested a range of new tyres, running both short stints and endurance tests on the final day, whilst Biaggi evaluated a variety of engine and chassis improvements.

In the Telefonica MoviStar Honda garage Sete Gibernau ran through a series of new components HRC had brought to Sepang whilst Marco Melandri tested different geometry on his RCV with both 2004 Michelin tyres and the latest rubber from the French manufacturer.

Camel Honda riders Alex Barros and Troy Bayliss worked together on the final day, with Barros sharing his vast experience of the Honda RC211V with his new teammate, who slashed 1.3 seconds off his best time, whilst Konica Minolta Honda rider Makoto Tamada continued to gather confidence with Michelin tyres after switching from Bridgestone.

"The data we have gathered from this test will be used to finalise the 2005 specifications of the RC211V," continued Horiike. "I hope the test results will be a step forward for the next test here at Sepang. We wish to thank everyone involved in Honda Racing and our technical partners for their support."

Makoto Tanaka, who replaces Shoji Tachikawa as HRC Repsol Honda Team Manager, added that the test had been a transitional period for the new-look factory outfit with personnel changes in management, engineering staff and riders.

"This is a very important and difficult period for us," said Tanaka. "We have a new rider, some new mechanics and Erv Kanemoto has joined the team. But we have worked together very well and, step by step, achieved the objectives we set for this test.

"This is a very important season for Honda and we will give our best to win back the MotoGP title."

MotoGP, 2005

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