MORE IMPROVEMENTS FOR REPSOL HONDA PAIR ON FINAL DAY AT SEPANG The Repsol Honda Team took further steps at Sepang today as the first three-day test of 2007 came to a close Both World Champion Nicky Hayden and his team-mate Dani Pedrosa were able...
MORE IMPROVEMENTS FOR REPSOL HONDA PAIR ON FINAL DAY AT SEPANG
The Repsol Honda Team took further steps at Sepang today as the first three-day test of 2007 came to a close Both World Champion Nicky Hayden and his team-mate Dani Pedrosa were able to improve their laptimes again as the development of the new 800cc Honda RC212V MotoGP bike continued. Nicky Hayden, the reigning World Champion, recorded a best laptime 2m 01.884s as he tried a qualifying Michelin towards the end of the day. Earlier, the 25-year-old American had further improved his pace on race tyres to 2m 02.700s as he and his crew continued to analyse chassis, suspension and tyre options for the RC212V, including sampling Michelin's new 16-inch tyre.
Dani Pedrosa also wrapped up an extensive testing programme today at the 5.548 km (3.447 miles) Malaysian circuit. The 21-year-old Spaniard, who set the fastest time of the previous test at Jerez, put in a best lap of 2m 01.664s on a Michelin qualifier after notching up a 2m. 02.660s lap on race tyres.
The Repsol Honda Team will now travel to the Phillip Island circuit to the south of Melbourne, Australia in preparation for another three-day test beginning on Tuesday.
Nicky Hayden Best laptime: 2m 01.884s -- 64 laps
"We definitely learnt a lot about the bike at this test and got some valuable information for my crew chief Pete Benson and the boys to work with. And myself, I felt like I rode the 800 better than I did here in November. It would have been nice to have been closer to the front and I know we didn't set the world on fire, but we've definitely got some positive stuff to take away. We found some Showa forks I liked and some good settings, plus we tried the new 16 inch Michelin front which felt good. On the straight I feel like I'm a little bit out in the wind and that's where I'm losing time - towards the end of the straight. I don't know if it's partly engine performance and partly aerodynamics. It's definitely good that we're going to Phillip Island because we can check the things we tested here at a completely different track next week. I would have liked to have done a long run here but I didn't really have the strength in my shoulder. The most I did was ten laps in a row because the doc didn't want me getting carried away here because shoulders sometimes take a while to heal. I'm looking forward to Phillip Island where there's not so much hard braking."
Dani Pedrosa Best laptime: 2m 01.884 -- 75 laps
"Today we were able to take some steps with the bike and the feeling is a little better -- so that's positive. We also confirmed some of the areas where we have to improve which is also good to know. We've also tested some tyres for Michelin including the new 16-inch tyres - yesterday the front tyre and today the rear. It's still early and difficult to have a definite answer about these tyres, but the feeling was good so maybe it's the future. I was fastest at the last test in Jerez but this is a different track, the temperature is higher and there are many differences riding here so we will analyse the data and work how to improve further at Phillip Island. This is normal for testing."