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Different approaches for Repsol Honda riders

Different approaches for Repsol Honda riders

Different approaches for Repsol Honda riders

The two-man Repsol Honda factory team will be comprised of Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa in 2006 with the two riders approaching the Sepang test with vastly different objectives. Former US Superbike Champion Hayden, now a three-year MotoGP veteran, will bear the brunt of RCV testing at Sepang with his new team-mate, reigning double 250cc World Champion Pedrosa, continuing his education in the senior category of motorcycle racing.

Hayden, who completed 52 laps around Malaysian circuit on Monday, tested a combination of the latest chassis developments from HRC and a range of front and rear tyres.

"A decent day's work looking back on it," the American stated. "Good weather this afternoon and we just kept chipping away at the job all across the board and we made good progress in some places. A few things I really liked about the bike today, we tried some chassis changes and they helped a lot, like going into the corners the bike is better and that was good for my confidence. We also tested front and rear tyres for Michelin which seem pretty good. We have to work hard at this test and get more consistent. A lot of guys are working hard for me here and we have to take a lot out of this test."

Pedrosa spent his day racking up as many kilometres as possible on the 990cc 240 PS plus GP machine, growing more and more confident as the day wore on. The current 250cc World Champion rode on a specifically taylored RC211V machine which had some adjustments to suit his height.

"I was looking to get a good feeling on the bike try to find the best riding position for me get comfortable. Then just ride and get more information for the team and gain experience with the bike, engine chassis and tyres. The mechanics need experience with the new group, everybody has to grow up together," the Spaniard commented. "I think we made big improvements in confidence compared to the test at Valencia, I am now much more confident on the bike. Braking hard on this high bike was much better than the last time I tested it. We only tried two different types of Michelin tyres today. I don't have any experience of the Michelin tyres so we let Michelin do our thinking for me today because they know the tyres, me and my chief mechanic, Michael Leitner, don't have the experience yet. But I could feel the front end pushing but I think that was coming from the big rear tyre."

"The step up to MotoGP is very big, much bigger than from 125 to 250. But I like the Sepang circuit and that will help during this test."

MotoGP, 2005, Repsol Honda Team

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