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Dovizioso confident after first 2009 test

Dovizioso confident after first 2009 test

Andrea Dovizioso completed the first MotoGP test of 2009 with positive feelings in Malaysia.

The Repsol Honda man continued his adaptation to the new RC212V, evaluating the chassis of his machine and working on matching the bike's settings with the new Bridgestone tyres in typically tropical conditions.

The Italian rider, who last year scored his first MotoGP podium at Sepang, was Repsol Honda’s lone rider on Saturday following Dani Pedrosa's early departure on Friday. Dovizioso improved his race pace on the final day, cutting more than four tenths off his lap time from the previous day.

"We focused on bike set up and decided the way to go concerning the chassis," commented the former 125cc World Champion. "We learned a lot during the three days and I’m very confident. We need more work to adapt the machine to the tyres, this is a very important point. Concerning the engine, my feeling is that we need a smoother power delivery."

"Today it was really hot and it was very demanding out there from a physical point of view, especially after a break of more than two months. I did a long run of eleven laps to understand the machine better, to practice with the tyres and collect data. All in all, we have done a very good job and everybody in the team is very motivated."

His team-mate Dani Pedrosa ended the test session on Friday after completing the test programme with confidence and good feelings, even if he decided to return to Barcelona earlier than originally planned, as he continues to recover from a knee injury which he picked up at the end of last year.

"I’m satisfied of the work done during these three days of testing, both riders and team worked very well and we have fixed the line to follow for the season," said team manager Kazuhiko Yamano. "We made an important step forward. Dani finished his programme yesterday, he understood the bike and the way to go and Andrea concluded the job today with a long run. The motivation in the team in very high and we look forward to the next test session."

Repsol Honda will resume testing at Losail, Qatar, from 1st-3rd of March.

The results from the concluding day at Sepang can be found here.

MotoGP, 2009, Andrea Dovizioso, Repsol Honda Team

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