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Pedrosa joined by full factory compliment for new Honda 250 engine tests

Pedrosa joined by full factory compliment for new Honda 250 engine tests

Pedrosa joined by full factory compliment for new Honda 250 engine tests

The full range of Honda machines competing in this season's 250cc World Championship was out on track at a sunny but chilly Valencia circuit today. The factory bikes amongst them tested the new 2005 version of the championship-winning RSW250, whose principle changes have come in the engine and in the suspension areas, whilst the satellite teams tried out their kit version of the bike.

Reigning World Champion Dani Pedrosa was joined on track by teammate Hiroshi Aoyama in their Telefonica Movistar set-up, whilst the Fortuna Honda duo of Hector Barbera and Jorge Lorenzo were also at the circuit. They were joined by the third factory Honda team of 125cc World Champion Andrea Dovizioso and Yukio Takahashi, both making their debuts in 250 this season, and who both today suffered misfortune which would in turn affect all the Honda riders.

Entering into the third gear first turn, the new engine of Dovizioso had a severe gearbox problem which leaked oil out onto the track, upon which his trailing teammate Takahashi slipped, sending the Japanese debutant skittling off the track and into the gravel. The subsequent wait was not just for the oil to be cleaned up and covered with cement dust, but also for the Honda engineers to decide whether their new machine was working 100% and no further problems would ensue.

The riders frustratingly lost around two hours in the heart of the day, with Spaniard Pedrosa summing up the mood: "The problems with Dovizioso's bike meant we lost the best part of the day in terms of the conditions, because that's when it was warmest. It broke our rhythm a little bit, but today it was a case of checking the new bike to make sure it worked anyway. It feels good after a month out, and I just hope that the conditions are the same tomorrow, but that we get more time to test!"

The Honda bikes were joined on track by the Aprilia machines of Guintoli, Baldolini, and Sekiguchi, and tests continue tomorrow at the Cheste circuit.

Lap Times supplied by teams

1. Alex Debon – Wurth Honda BQR: 1'37.3 / 54 laps
2. Dani Pedrosa – Telefonica Movistar Honda: 1'37.7 / 35
3. Jorge Lorenzo – Fortuna Honda: 1'37.8 / 47
4. Hector Barbera - Fortuna Honda: 1'37.8 / 50
5. Hiroshi Aoyama – Telefonica Movistar Honda: 1'38.2 / 35
6. Andrea Dovizioso – Kopron Team Scot: 1'38.5 / 24
7. Sylvain Guintoli – Equipe GP de France: 1'38.5 / 54
8. Alex Baldolini – Campetella Racing: 1'39.3 / 45
9. Yuki Takahashi – Kopron Team Scot: 1'39.8 / 37
10. Taro Sekiguchi – Campetella Racing: 1'39.9 / 70
11. Radomil Rous – Wurth Honda BQR: 1'40.8 / 13
12. Dirk Heidolf – Castrol Honda Kiefer Racing: 1'42.48 / 69

250cc, 2005, Dani Pedrosa

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