Pedrosa and Dovizioso take a 'Step by Step' approach to testing the 2010 RC212V
When the MotoGP riders arrived at the track for the second day of the planned three-day test they were pleased to find track and weather conditions were much improved on yesterdays cool and blustery experience at the 4.005 km grand prix venue. The warmer track top temperatures was reflected by the lap times with all six Honda RC212V riders improving their pace, albeit to varying degrees.
The Repsol Honda factory team riders, Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso, put in a day of step by step evaluation of the 2010 RC212V both men content with the progress made. Pedrosa concentrated on basic machine set up and working with the Ohlins suspension he is testing for the first time in combination with Bridgestone tyres. The young Spaniard did not chase fast lap times preferring to establish a good feeling with the new machine.
Dovizioso was up to pace quickly and set his fastest time of the day on his eighth lap using soft compound Bridgestone tyres. When he went out on the harder compound rubber the Italian was high-sided from the RCV injuring his left hip. Despite a small fracture Dovi continued testing ending the day satisfied overall with the efforts he and the team put in today. He was particularly pleased with the improved machine stability under braking, one of the difficulties he had wrestled with during the 2009 campaign.
San Carlo Gresini Honda new boys Marco Melandri and Marco Simoncelli both announced themselves satisfied with the progress made. Melandri spent the majority of his day improving traction and general feedback from the Bridgestone tyres. Simoncelli grew in confidence as the day wore on making it easier for him to master the 800cc four-stroke. The young Italian was riding with Bridgestone tyres for the first time and his burgeoning confidence was obvious from his body language and his improved his lap times.
LCR Honda teamster Randy De Puniet continued working with the Ohlins suspension today in combination with the latest development tyres from Bridgestone. The Frenchman was satisfied with the test results and decided against testing tomorrow. De Puniet was also confident that the team technicians had gleaned sufficient data from the two days of testing that will benefit them when they test the 2010 version of RC212V for the first time at Sepang, Malaysia, in February next year.
Hiro Aoyama (Interwetten Honda) put in a marathon stint today the 2009 250cc World Champion completing 88-laps of the tortuous Valencia circuit. With no previous MotoGP experience, and little time aboard a four-stroke race machine Aoyama is aware that he has a long hard task ahead of him if he is to e ready for the start of the 2010 season. Laps, laps and more laps is the only way to learn and he has learned a lot during today's session and slashed 2.5s off his best lap time of yesterday!
The three-day test ends tomorrow with the teams reconvening at Sepang in February for the first test session of 2010.