Gresini Racing Jerez IRTA test notes 2008-02-16

Team San Carlo Honda Gresini test new Honda engine at Jerez Team San Carlo Honda Gresini are back in Europe following the completion of their intercontinental winter testing schedule as they continue preparations for the new season at the Jerez...

Team San Carlo Honda Gresini test new Honda engine at Jerez

Team San Carlo Honda Gresini are back in Europe following the completion of their intercontinental winter testing schedule as they continue preparations for the new season at the Jerez circuit in Spain.

On the first of three days of tests, the team were able to try out a new engine, which was delivered last night by HRC and made available to the riders this morning thanks to the efforts of the engineers until late last night.

The morning provided a useful chance to gather important set-up information and try a variety of settings, which allowed Shinya and Alex to pause for lunch with the lead riders in sight. In the afternoon they took the opportunity to try out qualifying tyres, with tomorrow's challenge for the BMW M Award also in mind.

Alex de Angelis (75 laps, 1.40.165): "It has been a positive but difficult day because of the strong wind that was present throughout the session. It was really interesting to try out the new Honda engine, which as we expected is better than the previous version in every aspect. However, we still need some more kilometres on it and some different circuits to confirm the results from this test. We also had some really positive feedback from the new material from Bridgestone."

Shinya Nakano (82 laps, 1.40.192): "I'm really happy to be here in the new colours of Team San Carlo Honda Gresini. Today we completed a lot of laps because the weather forecast for tomorrow is not so good. I'm happy with the new Honda engine because it is easier to make the most of the power. We also tested the latest batch of tyres from Bridgestone -- qualifying and race rubber - and the results were positive in both cases."

-credit: gresiniracing.com

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Shinya Nakano , Alex de Angelis