Testing resumed today at the Malaysian Sepang racetrack on Day 2 of the first official three-day test of the year, with all three Repsol Honda riders claiming top 4 po sitions.
Dani Pedrosa had a fantastic start, setting a time of 2.00.770 on only his fourth lap which proved to be quickest of the day - only 2 tenths off the circuit best lap set by Valentino Rossi at the Malaysian Grand Prix 2009. Pedrosa then spent the remainder of the day focusing on testing different chassis set up, the new engine and together with Ohlins technicians, some set up work on the suspension.
Stoner and his team spent the morning working on improving the brake stability issue that arose on Day 1. After lunch, comparison work was done on the 2011 frame and a new one with a few different characteristics.
Dovizioso continued to test the 2011 chassis, also working closely with the Ohlins technicians, to better understand the 2011 forks and the geometry of the machine to decrease the vibration issue in the mid corners. He also tested different electronics maps.
DANI PEDROSA - 1st - 2.00.770
"I think it's the first time I've ridden so fast on this track, but you're just fresh in the morning and I did four very good first laps. I was not looking for a time, but I saw that the track conditions were good and I pushed. The closer you get to the limit, the clearer the changes you are doing on the bike become, which lead you in the right direction. Today I tried the new engine, which has improved from Valencia, some chassis configurations and rear shocks. Tomorrow the plan is to continue comparing both bikes and it would be great to come away with the chassis and engine decided for the next test."
CASEY STONER - 2nd - 2.01.434
"Yesterday we really didn't expect the best time, today we expected a bigger difference with the soft tyre - but with the chassis we chose we just couldn't get the best out of the tyre. Tomorrow maybe we can focus a little more to compare the chassis again and then see which direction to go from there. We've got a few other small things here and there but they can wait until the next test. Now I'm starting to understand the bike a bit better and when I ride it, it feels more like home."
ANDREA DOVIZIOSO - 4th - 2.01.512
"I'm satisfied with the work done today. We have a good base that works well on different tracks. We started comparing again the 2010 and 2011 front fork and decided to stick to the 2011 version because it allows me to brake harder even if a small vibration still remains in the middle of the corner. I'm very happy with the pace I had today, but I am still not happy with my ability to improve my lap time when I try to push harder on the softer tyre."