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Analysis of the first post-season 800cc test

Analysis of the first post-season 800cc test

Analysis of the first post-season 800cc test

After the second day of 800cc testing in Valencia, a selection of riders gave their assessment of their progression on the new prototypes. More video interviews from the test can be found on's video section.

Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda

"The new bike's really nice and Honda's definitely done some good work with it. The test went pretty well, though we had a little gremlin under acceleration and I would have liked to have gone a little quicker today. The way it was accelerating from second to third gear had a bit of hesitation and we'll have to work out this detail before we can go a lot further. The chassis seems quite good and there's definitely more corner speed with this bike - I think the tyres will change a lot with a different profile with more on the edge."

Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda

"Today we were lucky because the weather remained dry so this was perfect and we were able to do many laps. Basically we did some tyre testing for Michelin and some more specific set-up work for the bike to continue things from yesterday. The progress was good but it's still early and there's plenty of testing still to do before we begin again in 2007. Now I'm looking forward to getting home!"

Valentino Rossi, Camel Yamaha "It was really good to have two days to rest after such a sad day on Sunday and I'm already feeling much better, in fact I wish the season started in two weeks time! We actually started off the test by doing some laps on the old 990cc bike as we wanted to have one more go at understanding why we lost! Then it was time to finally put it all behind us and get on with the new campaign. It's been great to be able to try the new bike straight away, when the 990 is still fresh in my mind, as it's easy to compare and understand the differences. Our bike is already quite good; it's at a good level for this early stage of development. This is the third time I've ridden it and it's got better each time because they've been working hard in Japan. They haven't made so many big changes yet, just small things like the engine setting, but already it's a bit faster. Yesterday we were fastest, which was exciting, but today we've been trying some different things and we were quite a lot slower. Anyway I'm not worried about that, the most important thing at the moment is to get as much information as possible and really start to understand and get to know the bike. This has been a useful test, I'm already feeling very motivated about the new bike and I am sure that next time I ride it in Jerez it will be even better!".

Casey Stoner, Ducati Marlboro

"I am really satisfied with the way these first two days on the Ducati GP7 have gone. Everything went well and I made good progress. I'm getting used to the new ‘package' of bike and tyres and first impressions are positive. The more I spend on the bike the more I get used to it and things become easier and more natural. The 800 seems similar to the 250s in riding style: it allows quicker cornering and even under braking you can push harder than on the 990. This Ducati has got so much power and I can't wait to get back on the track at Jerez for the last tests of the year!".

Loris Capirossi, Ducati Marlboro

"These have been two important days of testing because we made a lot of radical changes to the set-up, which you can't do during a race weekend. In this development phase it is vitally important to experiment with several different solutions so that you don't arrive at race weekends unprepared. I am quite satisfied and happy that we can now only concentrate on the 800 that we will use next year without having to ride the 990, which we had to do before this test".

Alex Barros, Pramac d'Antin Ducati

"I'm very happy about this first approach with the team, the motorcycle and the tyres. Today, we made a good job, even if the temperature was a lot fresher and every so often it slightly rained. The weather conditions have had a bit of an effect on the general output but anyway we managed to improve the lap times and the rhythm from yesterday. These two days of practice have been useful especially to have basic impressions and I can say that, all things considered, we made a really good job. In the next test, we will use the Ducati Desmosedici GP7 800c. With the team, I already have a really good relationship, Ducati is giving me a great support and the Bridgestone tyres showed that they are very efficient. In short, I'm really satisfied with everything and I already feel very confident for next season".

MotoGP, 2006

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