Gresini Racing Jerez IRTA test notes 2008-02-18

European testing phase concludes at Jerez The sun finally burst through in the early afternoon of Team San Carlo Honda Gresini's final day of tests at Jerez, providing improving track conditions towards the end of the day. This allowed the team...

European testing phase concludes at Jerez

The sun finally burst through in the early afternoon of Team San Carlo Honda Gresini's final day of tests at Jerez, providing improving track conditions towards the end of the day. This allowed the team to continue set-up work on their Honda RC212V machines and complete more development work together with Bridgestone ahead of the opening Grand Prix of the season. Both Shinya and Alex were able to take advantage of the ideal conditions and gather lots of useful data.

Alex de Angelis (56 laps, 1.39.932): "It has been a positive day -- I never expected a lap time like that. We've worked a lot with Bridgestone and the results are there to see. We've put a decent race pace together and I think we can go to Qatar with smiles on our faces, confident that we can be competitive from the start of the season. We still have work to do to improve though, especially on a qualifying tyre."

Shinya Nakano (56 laps, 1.40.33): "Today we worked really hard on eliminating the front-end chatter and we did manage to improve it although it is not perfect yet. Towards the end of the day the balance and the setting of the bike were better and I was able to test some different qualifying tyres. I know that I can improve even more and that's the objective for the next test, to make sure I'm ready for the first Grand Prix."

Fausto Gresini -- Team Manager: "We've gathered a lot of information over these last three days of tests and I'm satisfied with the work ethic from the riders and the whole team. For the first time we've had fully updated bikes from Honda and we've worked hard to set them up with the first Grand Prix of the season in mind. We've still got one more test in Qatar, which for us will be very important, to define some of the details of the package available to us at this point. But it has definitely been a positive test."

-credit: gresiniracing.com

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Shinya Nakano , Alex de Angelis