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Honda assess Monday test at Brno

Honda assess Monday test at Brno

Honda assess Monday test at Brno

Repsol Honda factory team rider Nicky Hayden set the second fastest time at the post Czech Republic GP MotoGP test held on Monday. Hayden, who heads the World Championship points standing after 12 of 17 rounds, worked hard developing the evolution chassis of his RC211V Honda, first tested at the British GP earlier this season. He will continue testing the chassis today.

Hayden's team-mate Dani Pedrosa spent his day trying to improve his race set up yesterday and also tested a range of Michelin front tyres on his RCV. Pedrosa, who holds second place in the championship, 25 points down on Hayden, improved his feeling with the bike and ended his one-day test in a positive mood.

The Fortuna Honda team worked on a variety of developments for their RC211V machines. Marco Melandri was looking to improve both acceleration and top end of his machine while Toni Elias was chasing better overall machine balance in a bid to eradicate the ‘Pitching' he experienced early in the race on Sunday.

Melandri's crew made adjustments to the electronic mapping and tried some different engine settings. Elias was not looking for fast lap times preferring to concentrate on improving stability while under braking while riding with a full fuel load and has been partially successful. He will continue in the same direction today.

Konica Minolta Honda RC211V rider Makoto Tamada was half a second faster today than his best lap time in Sunday's race but the Japanese star was not completely convinced the new Michelin tyres and suspension settings he tested delivered optimum performance. Tamada put in just 44 laps during the test and hopes the data gathered will help carry him to a better performance at the Malaysia than at recent races.

Honda rider Monday lap times and quotes, as provided by HRC

Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda: 1m 57.653s – 79 laps.

"Overall I'm definitely encouraged by today. I got in a lot of quality laps and the guys in my team worked hard. We were working with the chassis, trying some of the parts we used at Donington earlier in the season, and we definitely found some improvements. I was able to run a lot more consistently in the 1m 58s today compared to the weekend so I'm quite happy about how it went. We'll come back tomorrow and try and get another full day's work in and look for any edge we can find." Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda: 1m 58.782s – 74 laps.

"Today was a good test. We tried to find some improvement from yesterday's race set-up and improve on some weak points we had over the weekend. I think we found some improvements in the feeling from the bike but of course we will only really know for sure when we come to another race. We were also doing some front tyre testing for Michelin which went well."

Marco Melandri, Fortuna Honda: 1m 57.960s - 85 laps.

"We tried various set up solutions to improve acceleration and a little top speed – but without great results. We did not have new parts from HRC but they have been working with us today with what we have available. We also worked to improve our performance on qualifying tyres because we have suffered in qualifying at recent races. We did make an improvement but not by much. At the end of the day we tested the same types of tyres we ran in qualifying and the race so I can say today was positive in some ways. I am quite satisfied."

Toni Elias, Fortuna Honda: 1m 59.435s - 62 laps.

"We worked a lot on the weight distribution of the bike, I raced with too much weight on the front end yesterday. We tried many things on the set up and it has been a process of elimination and I am quite satisfied with our work today. If we carry on working in this direction tomorrow I am confident we will can begin with a reasonable set up condition at the next few races.. " Casey Stoner, LCR Honda: 1m 58.172s – 54 laps.

"We have a new rear shock system and it worked well with the font forks. We tried a series of tyres for Michelin with the new suspension, two of them were not better than our race tyres of yesterday but the other were very good. In the race I ran out of grip at half race distance, after about 11-laps. With the good set today I set my fastest lap with a rear that had run 14 lap and a front that had 18 laps on it. So we made a big step forward on the suspension and I'm pleased with that. Now I'm ready for Sepang and I'm off home to Australia to get ready for Malaysia."

Makoto Tamada, Konica Minolta Honda: 1m 58.758s – 55 laps.

"Today we have been working on new race tyres from Michelin and some suspension settings but without getting too much better. We tried two different tyres the first tyre was no better than what we have had before. The second tyre was close to the tyre we ran in the race and we were half a second faster than in the race yesterday. But track conditions were better this morning than yesterday."


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