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Dovizioso reflects on wet end to first factory test

Dovizioso reflects on wet end to first factory test

Having concluded his first Repsol Honda test in the wet at Valencia Andrea Dovizioso was pleased by what he had found with the factory RC212V.

Although Andrea Dovizioso undertook less than two hours of testing at Valencia on Tuesday afternoon, like his six fellow MotoGP riders who remained in situ in the Spanish rain, he was satisfied with the important extra outing on his new factory HRC prototype.

Sampling the new specification Bridgestone rain tyres for the first time and continuing his adaptation to factory machinery under the guidance of his new crew chief Pete Benson in the Repsol Honda garage, Dovizioso was second quickest on the shortened Tuesday timesheet, just 0.009s behind his predecessor in the team Nicky Hayden.

Dovizioso reviewed the Tuesday test run, saying, `I´m very happy with my second day of testing. Track conditions were not good, the track was slippery, neither dry nor fully wet, so we had to wait until after 3pm for heavier rain before testing with rain tyres. We had only one set of tyres available. At the beginning grip wasn´t good, then the team made some changes to the set-up, making consistent improvements. We did four or five runs, improving each time and in the end I did my fastest time on my last lap.´

`We gathered a lot of important data that will be very useful, even in the dry. The new Bridgestone tyres require a completely different setting compared to what´s required with Michelin tyres. I am also very happy with the team´s method of working. I am learning the new bike and new tyres and I´m very excited about this new challenge.´

Dovizioso will be back on track for two further days of tests at the Jerez track on 26th-27th November, before MotoGP´s winter testing ban commences on 1st December.

MotoGP, 2008, Andrea Dovizioso, Repsol Honda Team

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