Less than 24 hours after the 2008 MotoGP season ended at Valencia yesterday afternoon, the Repsol Honda Team began its preparation for the 2009 World Championship with Dani Pedrosa and new recruit Andrea Dovizioso. Dovizioso began his first...
Less than 24 hours after the 2008 MotoGP season ended at Valencia yesterday afternoon, the Repsol Honda Team began its preparation for the 2009 World Championship with Dani Pedrosa and new recruit Andrea Dovizioso. Dovizioso began his first session on the factory RCV at 11.30am, just minutes after Pedrosa had taken to the track. Both men rode 2008 RC212V machines fitted with new-spec Bridgestone tyres. Dovizioso's bikes also featured revised handlebar/footrest positions to suit his stature. Pedrosa focused on evaluating a new engine/exhaust spec with improved smoothness and rideability.
Testing continues at Valencia tomorrow. The team's next outing will be a two-day session at Jerez in southern Spain on October 26/27.
Dani Pedrosa, fastest lap: 1:32.672 (60 laps)
"Today we had perfect conditions for testing, it was sunny and the asphalt had good grip after yesterday's race. We tested some new engine specs in order to improve the character of the engine and then we focused on testing the new tyres. At the beginning the feeling was not so good but working with the mechanics, we made some changes and the feeling improved considerably. It's clear that next year the rider and the bike will need to adapt to the tyres. Today the track conditions were perfect so we had no problems with the limited number of tyres, we will need to check how this tyre system works with indifferent conditions."
Andrea Dovizioso, fastest lap: 1:33.676 (57 laps)
"It's been a really exciting day. The bike feels good, it feels like an evolution of my 2008 bike, like a step forward, which is what I expected, so I'm happy. Compared to my 08 bike, the factory bike has many positive points, in particular the engine is both smoother and more powerful. Right from the start the stability at the front was very good. With the electronics, I need more time to learn and understand them, especially traction control as there are so many settings. I also tried Bridgestone tyres for the first time today, they seem fine, but I need to slightly adapt my riding style to get the best from them. All in all it was a positive first day but I still have a lot to learn. With my new team we start working step by step and I like this system."