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Repsol Honda make official presentation in Madrid

Repsol Honda make official presentation in Madrid

The Repsol Honda MotoGP project for the 2009 season was presented at the same time as the Indoor Trial round in Madrid at the weekend, with Andrea Dovizioso attending in person and the injured Dani Pedrosa joining in via videoconference.

Andrea Dovizioso officially unveiled the new Repsol Honda RC212V on Saturday in Madrid, the Italian proudly showing off the machine on which he hopes to be amongst the 2009 MotoGP front-runners.

With the new MotoGP season about to start and with all eyes on the first race on 12th April, under the floodlights in Qatar, the final round of the World Indoor Trial Championship in the Spanish capital became a party for all the fans in the stadium on Saturday.

Dani Pedrosa, who was not able to go to Madrid, joined Dovizioso and the excited crowd at the Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid, via a video-conference link.

Dovizioso’s next appearance in Repsol Honda colours will be at the forthcoming Official MotoGP test at Jerez, a date which Pedrosa misses out on as he battles to get fit for round one in Qatar.

In his satellite-linked video interview Pedrosa stated, “I’m making progress at a normal pace – and taking things patiently, because I still have two weeks left before I can begin to bend my knee. That’s why I’m sadly unable to be with the fans in Madrid. I have to let my body recover. But thanks to this video-conference from Barcelona, I am glad that I was able to be present, even though it was through a monitor. I would like to be fit enough to practice more, but I will have to find another way to prepare. The objective is still the same, to try to be fit for the first race in Qatar in a month’s time.”

His new colleague Dovizioso, meanwhile, commented, “Becoming an official rider in the Repsol Honda team is a dream come true for me. It is a great experience and an incredible challenge, which I have already had a chance to see in the preseason tests. Being in the official team means that you have more responsibility. I now have to help develop the bike, and in MotoGP that is a complicated process. All I did before was to ride and go as fast as possible, refining the set-up, but now I also have to think about how the bike behaves so that its overall performance can be improved.”

“The bike is going quite a bit better as we have more power coming from the engine, and a new chassis has really helped us with the front end feeling, as it now leans over better. I will do all I can in the fight for the World title.”

Press release courtesy of Repsol Media

MotoGP, 2009, Repsol Honda Team

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