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Repsol Honda: We cant compete with just an engine

Repsol Honda: We cant compete with just an engine

Although the Repsol Honda duo of Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa had been alternating between the conventional and pneumatic valve version of the RC212V engine during preseason, the MotoGP Official Test in Jerez saw the factory team pair focus exclusively on the former.

Although the Repsol Honda duo of Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa had been alternating between the conventional and pneumatic valve version of the RC212V engine during preseason, the MotoGP Official Test in Jerez saw the factory team pair focus exclusively on the former. Their new Team Manager Kazuhika Yamano explained the decision after the test, noting that for the immediate future the standard version would be seeing the lions share of development.

Basically, at Repsol Honda we have two types of engine. We cant compete in a race with just the engine; you have to bear in mind the total performance of aspects such as the chassis and tyre combinations, said the Japanese boss.

At the moment we think that the standard engine has better total performance, so thats what we will be using for races.

Yamanos riders had different objectives for the visit to Spain, with Hayden rounding off the test with the fastest lap of the three days after a typically diligent effort and Pedrosa looking for bike fitness in his first outing since suffering a hand injury at Sepang.

Nicky did more laps in every session; one of the goals set at the start of the preseason was to ride enough to understand the bike and improve the competitiveness, noted Yamano after the test.

He completed the three day test program, and I believe that we took away both a good result and valuable information for the opening race of the season.

Dani has only just recovered from injury, so his goal was to know his current riding level and find out if he could do enough laps. His hand hurts, but he gave us enough feedback for us to know what direction to take development, concluded Yamano.

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MotoGP, 2008

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