2008 RC212V unveiled by Repsol Honda

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Repsol Honda gave their RC212V prototype for 2008 its first outing on Tuesday as winter testing got underway at Valencia's Ricardo Tormo circuit.

Repsol Honda gave their RC212V prototype for 2008 its first outing on Tuesday as winter testing got underway at Valencia's Ricardo Tormo circuit.

The bike has been designed as an evolution of the 2007 machine – which won the final race of the season on Sunday courtesy of Dani Pedrosa. The 2008 RC212V features a new V4 engine with pneumatic valve springs, along with an all-new chassis designed to further enhance the handling characteristics.

The half day of testing from 2pm-5pm at the Spanish track will be followed by a full day on Wednesday, with Pedrosa's colleague, 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden, notching the second fastest time of today's session behind current MotoGP title holder Casey Stoner.

In fact Hayden did not complete the full three hours due to a technical fault with his new bike but he was initially pleased with his findings.

"This afternoon we got to do a few laps on the new machine and the general feeling was pretty good," stated Hayden. "We only had half a day so I'm excited about getting some more time on the new bike tomorrow so I can give the team a lot more information."

"There's not so much I can say after just a few laps but the seating position is different, yet the actual riding position feels about the same. The tendency to wheelie was a lot less and the pitch of the weight, front to rear, was more controlled and not so aggressive on the brakes. We had a few technical issues with the machine so I didn't get a whole lot of track time today so we'll come back tomorrow and hopefully get a full day's testing."

Fifth fastest in today's proceedings, Pedrosa added: "The aim of today was to get a general feel for the bike and put in the first few laps so that myself and the team can become familiar with the machine. We achieved that target so it was a successful afternoon, but at the moment I can't say too much about the performance or lap times because it's early days."

"The speed was OK and there is a difference in how the new engine feels through the revs but again it's too early to draw any real conclusions. If we get a full day of testing tomorrow we should get a better idea of how the bike compares to the 2007 machine and where we need to focus the development. After the race win on Sunday the whole team is excited about working with the new machine and hopefully turning it into a winner in time for the 2008 season."
TAGS 2007 Repsol Honda Team

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