The Repsol Honda Team wrapped up the 2009 season with a strong showing on the final morning of MotoGP testing in Valencia. Both Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso made further progress aboard the 2010-spec RC212V, significantly improving their lap times and completing a highly-valuable three days at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, scene of Pedrosa win in Sunday's final Grand Prix of the year.
Today the track was available to the MotoGP teams from 10am until 1pm, and the factory Honda squad took advantage of the track time to gather further data from next year's prototype RC212V. Dani Pedrosa was consistently quick and set the second fastest time of the day, fractionally behind today's fastest rider, Casey Stoner. Andrea Dovizioso was also on promising form, dropping into the 1m 32s bracket for the first time on the new machine.
With positive results from the first test of the 2010 machine, the Repsol Honda squad now takes an extended break from the track in anticipation of the opening test of 2010, which takes place at Sepang in Malaysia from 3-5 February. In the meantime, HRC's engineers will use the data gathered here to continue the detailed development programme for the RC212V in preparation for the Team's assault on the 2010 World Championship.
The first race of next season takes place under the floodlights of the Losail circuit, Qatar, on Sunday 11 April, 2010. The Repsol Honda Team will be going all out to start the new campaign as the finished the last one - with victory.
Dani Pedrosa - Best lap 1m 31.944s
"We had a good day out there. The track conditions were very good and there was a lot of grip, so we were able to improve our speed quite a lot. My feeling with the new suspension really improved today and that was our main focus here. It's a big change because I've been riding with Showa since 2003, so of course it takes a while to get used to something new. We didn't spend a lot of time working specifically on adjustments with the new chassis because it was important to concentrate on one thing at a time. At the next test in Sepang in February it will be a good opportunity to concentrate on the chassis. My focus now is to take some rest and then prepare as best I can for 2010. We need to start the season at full strength - in terms of me physically and the machine package. That's what the whole Team will be working on through the winter."
Andrea Dovizioso - Best lap 1m 32.825s
"Today we confirmed some of the setting improvements we found yesterday, and we also tested some solutions that we couldn't get round to yesterday because of my crash. I improved my lap time and I was able to go faster than during the whole race weekend, so this is positive. All in all I'm very confident because I could lap at 1m 32.8 at the end of today's session, and this lap time is as good as race pace. The stability while braking has improved and I think that we are working in the right direction, though we still need to take a step forward. For instance, we can still improve the drivability on the exit of corners and that's something we'll work on in February. Now, with the season over, we will have some rest. I have two charity events coming up and then I will spend the winter with my family and friends. We've been travelling a lot, so I like to stay at home during the winter break and get ready for 2010."
Kazuhiko Yamano - Repsol Honda Team Manager
"This test has been satisfactory for us and we now have a good base on which to build for next year. Both Dani and Andrea have made significant progress with the new machine and we can go into the winter break with a decisive direction for development. For us, the end of the 2009 season does not mean we stop work. On the contrary, we will redouble our effort through the winter to create a machine with which our riders can fight for the MotoGP World Championship. This is our only goal - nothing else will suffice. Finally, I'd like to thank the Repsol Honda Team and our partners for their efforts this year. We have finished the season with a race victory, and we will come back stronger next year."