Repsol Honda Jerez test day 1 report

Repsol Honda press release

The Jerez circuit opened its doors today to welcome the MotoGP riders for the last pre-season test of 2012, which will finish on Sunday.

Casey Stoner, Repsol Honda Team
Casey Stoner, Repsol Honda Team

Photo by: Hazrin Yeob Men Shah

After the tests held in Malaysia and, for the first time with factory and CRT bikes sharing the track, the Repsol Honda team again topped the time sheets: Casey Stoner was the fastest rider on track today with a lap time of 1'39.146 and Dani Pedrosa finished in third position with 1.39' 579.

CASEY STONER
1st 1'39.146

"Today has been quite good, we did race distance with a soft set tyres this morning and we were getting quicker and quicker as we progressed but I think also the circuit was getting better. Then we put the hard tyre on and did a tyre comparison and we had very similar feelings to what we had in Sepang. We tried a few things with the chassis as the bike was proving slow to turn in the corner but in general it is working well especially at the end of the tyre life. On the last exit we did our fastest lap on a new soft rear tyre. It's been a good first day".

DANI PEDROSA
3rd 1'39.579

"It's been a pretty tough day, the mechanics had a lot of work to do in the garage and I've been stationary a long time, so it was not easy to get into the rhythm quickly. But I'm happy because we have a clear idea about the changes we need to do on the bike to improve tomorrow, especially on braking and the exits of the corners. We also tested the new front Bridgestone tyre, but just for a few laps, so I will keep testing it tomorrow to know if it's better. Unfortunately, in the afternoon I had a problem on one bike and I couldn't use it any more, so I spent quite a long time in the box between runs and thinking about the changes we want to do. We didn't have too much chattering today, but I think it's because of the circuit characteristics".

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Casey Stoner , Dani Pedrosa
Teams Repsol Honda Team
Tags honda, pedrosa, repsol, stoner