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Repsol Honda Team dominate on 1st day of testing at Valencia

Repsol Honda Team dominate on 1st day of testing at Valencia

Repsol Honda riders Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa were back in action at Valencia circuit today, testing the new 2012 RC213V machine. HRC test rider Kousuke Akiyoshi also joined the factory riders in a perfect day for testing, with temperatures reaching 20 degrees and no wind.

Dani Pedrosa set the fastest lap time with 1'32.186 on his final lap of 40 and Casey Stoner, who did 42 laps, finished closely behind him with a 1'32.322, recorded on lap 34.

The 1000cc prototype featured some new parts that were included based on feedback from both factory riders at the Brno test last August.

Dani Pedrosa – 1st 1'32.186
"It's been a good day for testing after so much rain! The track conditions were good which allowed us to work well on the bike and get the first feeling with the new RCV. We made a step forward from August, when I first tried the bike in Brno which is a good thing: we modified the front end a little and I felt the corner entry is better, also under braking. I'm quite satisfied, not because of the lap times but more for the feeling I had. It was a bike test but also a rider test, I feel it's like a schooling for me also and I enjoyed it. Not only the bike is new, also the tyres are different for these bikes, the engine is new, you have more power and more torque. We've been riding 800cc quite a long time and I feel that I need to adapt my riding style a little and it's interesting. It's more fun, in general."

Casey Stoner – 2nd 1'32.322
"Everything has gone pretty well for us we're struggling a little bit with the new tyres, we're finding they are giving us a little bit of chatter on the bike. We compared the bike that we tested in Jerez and Brno to the newer version we have here and we found quite a lot of improvements in some small ways with chattering but we still need to work on this some more. In general it was good to be out there on the 1000 and feel the horsepower, it's a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to feeling it on a lot of different tracks!."

Press release courtesy of Repsol Honda Team

Tags:
MotoGP, 2011, Dani Pedrosa, Casey Stoner, Repsol Honda Team

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