Stoner & Pedrosa, the fastest on the first day of practice in Malaysia
The Repsol Honda Team has returned to work at the Malaysian track of Sepang, where they face three more days of pre-season practice before the start of the 2011 calendar. Just like two weeks ago at the same venue, the two Repsol riders put in another great performance. The Australian Casey Stoner was the fastest on the first day.
The Repsol team has once again given a riding exhibition on the new Honda RC212V: Casey Stoner was the only Repsol rider capable of getting below 2 minutes and one second, putting in his fastest lap on the 48th of his 53 trips around the circuit. His teammate Dani Pedrosa, set the second fastest time of the day, just three tenths behind Stoner. The Spaniard set his best lap on the 43rd of the 46 he did.
The third fastest on the day was the reigning World MotoGP Champion, Jorge Lorenzo, and he was followed by his teammate the American Colin Edwards. The other Repsol rider, Andrea Dovizioso, was fifth fastest, seven tenths behind Casey Stoner. The Italian set his best lap on lap number 47 of the 54 he completed.
The three riders concentrated on improving the bike" stability when braking. Stoner started the day with the setup he used on the final day of the first practice sessions two weeks a go in Sepang and he combined this with chassis tests on the two he has available. Dani Pedrosa spent the day testing different setups on the chassis and the electronics settings. And Andrea Dovizioso dedicated the day to trying out some modifications on theHonda" engine braking system, improvements on the electronics and a modified clutch. The Italian also did some intense tyre tests.
Casey Stoner, 2'00.987 secs, 53 laps, 294 km. "Today we had a good day, from the start I felt more comfortable with the bike, as if I understood it better. We worked on the setup, but we are still comparing the chassis, finding the strongpoints and the weaker ones one each one. It is difficult to choose one or the other, whichever we use we set similar times. We are very pleased with the progress we have made today. it seems that everything and everybody is working well".
Dani Pedrosa, 2'01.360 secs, 46 laps, 255km. "We took maximum advantage of today" tests. This is good because it seems that we may have some rain tomorrow. In the morning we concentrated on the different electronic setups so we can improve when entering and leaving corners, and in the afternoon we made some modifications to the setups on the chassis to improve the stability when braking. The temperature was high at midday and the surface was quite slippery, but we did some good tests and tomorrow we will work on smaller details. Moreover I feel that the shoulder is better than in the first sessions a couple of weeks ago. I have had two weeks more of training and it is stronger, so my physical condition is getting better".
Andrea Dovizioso, 2'01.747 secs, 54 laps, 300 km. "I am very pleased with how we have started this second test. The Honda engineers have done some good work on the engine braking" electronic system so as to improve the handling on the rear, and that is very good because it was our main problem last year. We could not have made the progress we have achieved today otherwise. We have reduced the chattering compared to the first test and the stability on the rear has improved, so I am very satisfied. We were fast from the off, and although I was not trying to set a fast time, we tried three types of different tyre compounds and we had a good pace with all of them".