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Solid start to workout for Repsol Honda pair

Solid start to workout for Repsol Honda pair

Andrea Dovizioso and the man he joins at Repsol Honda this season, Dani Pedrosa, both made solid starts to the Sepang test on Thursday.

After well over two months off from riding their RC212V 800cc machines over the winter break the young Repsol Honda pairing of Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso returned to action on Thursday at Sepang, alongside the rest of the MotoGP grid.

Both riders made a decent start and on this occasion it was the less experienced Dovizioso, preparing for his second season in MotoGP and his first on factory machinery, who concluded the day higher up the timesheets.

Having lapped sixth quickest overall, just over a second off Loris Capirossi’s best time, Italian MotoGP sophomore Dovizioso commented, “I’m very happy to be back in action. I was looking forward to riding my bike, and I particularly enjoy this place, I love the Sepang circuit and the hot temperatures that we find here. This morning we worked a lot on my position on the bike, testing different solutions, as I was still not comfortable enough.”

“Finally we found a good solution and a good feeling with the bike, so in the afternoon we could continue to work on the chassis and concentrate more on the set up to adapt the machine to the Bridgestone tyres. This is a very important element at the moment. In fact the tyres are consistent and have a lot of potential but we aren’t using all the potential at the moment. This is a good feeling because we know that there is space for improvement.”

The latest version of the Honda RC212V is intended to improve balance, with a new chassis, whilst the updated engine aims for smoother driveability. The machine is also intended to be a better match for the Bridgestone tyres which will of course be used by the entire 2009 MotoGP, the 2008 version having been developed on Michelin tyres.

Perfectionist Pedrosa is taking an all-encompassing approach to improving the existing bike and having finished Thursday eighth quickest overall he stated, “The priority at the moment is to adapt the bike to Bridgestone tyres, so we worked on the setting in order to get the best match between machine and tyres. Our target during these three days of testing is also to improve every single aspect of the bike in preparation of the season.”

MotoGP, 2009, Andrea Dovizioso, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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