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Stoner gets “fantastic feel” from Honda

Stoner gets “fantastic feel” from Honda

Second fastest time on day one at the Valencia Test and 44 laps left the Australian extremely happy with how his first ride on the RC212V went.

Casey Stoner closed out the opening day of the Official MotoGP Test at Valencia in high spirits after a very satisfying first ride of the RC212V machine. The Australian, working with the Repsol Honda team for the first time, set the second fastest lap of the day as he immediately settled on the prototype.

“I had a very good day. I was disappointed that we couldn’t get a full session in this morning because of the weather, but it dried out and gave us some hours of good track time this afternoon,” said Stoner, whose lap time of 1’32.775 was 0.763s off that of Jorge Lorenzo’s.

“It’s been very exciting these past few days waiting to get on the bike, and then having to wait again this morning. It’s been a great experience to get back on a Honda, the way it feels is fantastic,” added the 25 year-old, who rode on an RC211V in his debut premier class season in 2006.

Stoner tested the 2011 chassis against the frame ridden by new team-mate Dani Pedrosa in the 2010 campaign, and gained a positive feeling from the bike as he clocked up 44 laps in total throughout the day.

“We’ve been working on a few different things but mainly just trying to get a bit of a better feel, and things like my seating position and brake levers. The day has been great. Tomorrow we have a few more things to work on and try,” explained Stoner.

“We’re trying to understand the electronics system and what sort of direction we want to go in, and at the same time trying to get comfortable with the bike. There’s no point giving a lot of data at the moment but at the same time we have to try and push on because there’s not a lot of test time before the start of the season. We need to get as much information as possible before the winter break.”

MotoGP, 2010, Casey Stoner, Repsol Honda Team

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