Pedrosa and Dovizioso both pleased with Test outcome

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Thursday, 11 November 2010

The Repsol Honda duo rode alongside new factory HRC team-mate Casey Stoner at Valencia and whilst both battling physical problems were satisfied with what was achieved in the two days.

The Repsol Honda Team wrapped up its 2010 season with a positive second day of testing at Valencia on Wednesday. Casey Stoner, who joins the team for 2011, finished the day with the fastest time to complete an impressive debut test whilst Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso also made good progress, with Pedrosa just 0.4s behind Stoner and Dovizioso - who was suffering from a fever - 0.8s back.

Pedrosa tested the 2011 prototype further reporting an improvement in stability under braking on the machine which incorporates modifications to improve the RC212V he and Dovizioso rode this season. Pedrosa was still suffering some lack of strength in the left should he damaged in October and will undergo more hospital tests on Thursday.

Dovizioso continued his chassis and electronics testing programme and increased his pace, although the Italian was hindered slightly with a fever he picked up overnight. In spite of this, he completed valuable laps testing a modified chassis as well as evaluating the latest evolution Ohlins suspension.

Dani Pedrosa

"The test was positive because, even if I couldn't do long runs due to my physical condition, my lap times were quite good and I could get a clear idea. We tested the new prototype machine again and it has some good points that can help us to move forward and also some other areas I didn't like so much, but it's not a completely different bike and this is what I asked for, so I'm happy about that.

“This test was planned to focus on the chassis and engine; we improved the braking - the bike is more stable - but the engine is still too aggressive from my point of view. We are looking forward to the Sepang test where we can put all the things we liked together, and also do some testing with the new suspension that I haven’t tried yet, with the target of achieving better grip and braking power. I also tested two different spec Bridgestone tyres and they worked well.

“In general I'm satisfied with the work we have done because I've been suffering a lot during the whole weekend with my shoulder, but in spite of this I could give good information to the team for the next test in February. On Thursday I will go to the doctor again to have a CAT scan, an MRI scan and vascular tests to find out what's wrong with my shoulder. I don't know yet if I will need more surgery, but if it's necessary I will do it.”

Andrea Dovizioso

“I’m happy with the material that Honda brought here and today we worked on the electronics, such as traction control and engine braking, and we made some decent progress. Honda brought a lot of new material here, so we shared the work among the factory riders and I focused on testing electronics controls, although I also tested a slightly different chassis. We also tested the new suspension from Ohlins - the next evolution of the items we tested in Brno in August. They worked well and I had a positive feeling with them.

“We still need to improve the stability under braking and this is an area we will continue to focus on for next year. I had a fever and this complicated the day. Fortunately I was feeling okay so I tested everything that was scheduled. In the afternoon it became much harder because of the fever though. I’m not so happy with the final lap time, and this is not the best way to finish things before the winter break, but with the fever I couldn’t do better. Overall though this was a positive test in terms of the work we got through.”

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