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Herring explains new RC212V processes

Herring explains new RC212V processes

Following the revealing of the new RC212V at Valencia, just days after Dani Pedrosa had taken victory on home soil in the last round of the season, the diminutive Catalan rider and his Repsol Honda team-mate Nicky Hayden made excellent progress with their updated MotoGP prototypes in the end of year tests.

Following the revealing of the new RC212V at Valencia, just days after Dani Pedrosa had taken victory on home soil in the last round of the season, the diminutive Catalan rider and his Repsol Honda team-mate Nicky Hayden made excellent progress with their updated MotoGP prototypes in the end of year tests.

Pleasingly for HRC sporting director Chris Herring the Honda factory duo were consistently fast at Jerez last week - Pedrosa using his 2007 bike to top the timesheet on the final day, but also lapping rapidly on the new model throughout the visit, as did Hayden on his own new piece of kit.

"It's still really, really early stages with the new machine, the new engine, the pneumatic valves and everything, so there's going to be a long, long period of bedding in, at least during this test and the next test in Sepang," explained the Englishman to motogp.com at the southern Spanish circuit.

"But in general I think everyone is reasonably happy with the progress so far and the technicians are still learning and tinkering with the electronics, the fuel mapping and so on," Herring continued. "Of course the riders are getting used to that as well and the changes that can be made. At the same time Michelin are putting their effort in too and improving their product for next year and at the moment, fingers crossed, everything is going reasonably to plan."

With regard to any early differences between the 2008 bikes being used by Hayden and Pedrosa, Herring revealed that they are essentially exactly the same at this stage, aside from some small tweaks to suit the Repsol Honda pair's distinct physical attributes and riding styles.

"It's purely rider preferences, so the actual set-up of the machine, the riding position, that's about it. The machines are very, very similar and the engines are identical and now we are getting into some serious testing. I think Valencia was more of a shakedown for the new machine and now we are getting into the serious stuff!"

To see Herring's interview in full follow the video link on the left.

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MotoGP, 2007

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