Hayden Fastest, Pedrosa Returns Repsol Honda rider Nicky Hayden topped the first day of the penultimate preseason tests at Jerez today, while team-mate Dani Pedrosa returned to action still nursing his hand injury.Hayden rode more laps than ...
Hayden Fastest, Pedrosa Returns
Repsol Honda rider Nicky Hayden topped the first day of the penultimate preseason tests at Jerez today, while team-mate Dani Pedrosa returned to action still nursing his hand injury.Hayden rode more laps than anyone in cool, blustery conditions, evaluating a modified RC212V chassis with revised stiffness character, otherwise focusing on detail set-up changes. The 2006 MotoGP World Champion also recorded the fastest top speed at 282km/h-175.226mphPedrosa, who broke bones in his right hand in a crash at Sepang, Malaysia, on January 22, rode well within his capabilities to asses the strength of the injured hand. He rode short stints, icing the injury while resting in the pits and he hopes to be able to continue riding tomorrowBoth riders are using 2008 RC212V engines with conventional valve actuation and will commence the 2008 World Championship with these engines. Meanwhile the 2008 RC212V pneumatic-valve engine is under development at HRC, where engineers are focusing on improving power delivery, and will be raced by Hayden and Pedrosa when it is ready.Today was an important day at Jerez, because the latest weather forecasts predict rain during the remaining two days of the session.
Nicky Hayden, fastest lap: 1m 39.200s (lap 84 of 107)
"All in all, a pretty positive day. I would definitely say this was the best first day of tests we've had so far this year. And we knew it was important, because the weather experts are saying there's a really good chanced of rain the next two days. I tried a different chassis, it felt slightly better with a little more feel on the front, so we used that most of the day and it felt pretty good. We went through a few other things, not making big changes because we're getting closer to the season now, just a few little settings changes, and when I thought things felt better the stopwatch normally went along with it, which is always good. At the end I did race distance and it didn't feel too bad. We were able to get into the 40s on race tyres, though we still need to get in there a little deeper, we still need to improve a bit."
Dani Pedrosa, fastest lap: 1m 41.352s (lap 37 of 37)
"The priority here is to check my physical condition. The hand still isn't 100 per cent, today I couldn't really do more than five laps at a time. The hand is very painful, especially during braking and direction changes. I am icing it after every ride in an attempt to keep the swelling to a minimum. I will continuing icing it tonight and we will see how it is tomorrow morning. If the swelling is okay and I feel okay, we will continue riding. Today I was just trying to ride at a safe pace for my condition, so we weren't really able to do any work on the bike or with tyres."
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