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Dovizioso and Pedrosa have differing opening days at Sepang

Dovizioso and Pedrosa have differing opening days at Sepang

The Repsol Honda riders gave varying reactions to their first-day experiences on board their RC212V prototypes at the second test in Malaysia.

Continuing work on the RC212V machines they will ride in this year’s MotoGP World Championship, Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa were back on track at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia on Thursday.

Taking advantage of the good track conditions Dovizioso improved his best lap time from the first test by over 0.6s to 2’01.631 after 52 laps, making him the third fastest rider of the day. That left the Italian extremely satisfied with his opening day’s work and the progression on the bike.

“We have the third fastest time but the most important thing is that we were able to consistently improve our pace,” said Dovizioso, who was just over 0.4s off quickest rider Valentino Rossi’s time. “On every session out of the pits we were able to go quickly and this is encouraging. Of course there is still a lot of work to do as we have to reduce the gap to the first riders but I’m confident and very happy with the development work done by Honda.”

He added: “Today we changed my position on the bike with very positive results and we also tested some new electronic settings. Tomorrow we want to do more laps to confirm our race pace.”

Pedrosa rounded off the day having taken in 47 laps with a best time of 2’02.036, making him the seventh fastest rider. He recovered from a slow-speed fall at around 1.35pm local time to continue his day’s work, and outlined some suspension and bike settings to work on for Friday.

“We did a lot of work today and ran through quite a few machine adjustments, but the bike was moving around quite a lot and we didn’t find the solution for that today,” said the Spaniard. “Tomorrow we will focus on increasing our speed in the corners and look to make a few improvements to the settings which should help us.”

He continued: “I had a slow-speed crash in the hairpin because I basically broke too late but didn’t want to run off the track, and the front folded. Testing time is important for us because there’s not too much time left before the season starts, so we’ll be looking for a productive day tomorrow.”

MotoGP, 2010, Andrea Dovizioso, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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