The Repsol Honda Team made full use of the second day of testing at the Sepang circuit to continue working on the 2011 RC212V prototype. All three riders went back on track at 10h30 and began with a kind of “time attack” that placed them in the top three positions on the time sheets from the start to the end of the session.
Stoner was able to do 2’00.342 on his fourth lap, immediately after beaten by Dani Pedrosa who on his fourth lap stopped the chrono at 2’00.229. A few minutes after Andrea Dovizioso set his best lap time on his eighth lap with 2’00.531. In his final outing of the day Stoner set the fastest lap of the day with 2’00.171, confirming his good feeling with his new machine. Both the Spaniard and Australian outclassing Rossi’s 2009 Pole Position and Circuit Best Lap of 2’00.518.
During the whole day the factory Repsol Honda riders concentrated on their own program with Dani Pedrosa trying a modified front fork that Ohlins brought here after his comments on the first test. The Spaniard was doing also some tyre testing for Bridgestone and going through different set-up work.
Casey Stoner also focused on the new front fork, a 2011 model – looking for the best set-up possible and in the afternoon he tried out some new rear shocks on his RC212V.
The target of Andrea Dovizioso today was to continue working on the engine braking and gain some tenths in corner speed and more grip with some chassis settings. He also tried also a front tyre for Bridgestone and some settings for the clutch.
Casey Stoner – 1st – 2’00.171
“We tested a lot of different things including the 2011 fork and new shocks and we found quite a lot of chattering with them. We spent 90% of the day on one bike trying different configurations, changing the geometry to get the new fork working with the bike but didn’t find anything that felt really good, but these things are necessary to do before the start of the season. We’re slowly starting to lean more towards the standard frame but tomorrow will give us more confirmation on this. We found the new forks to be quite amazing in the braking points, in hard breaking I didn’t need to use half as much pressure and I was able to stop for the corner much quicker, but found a lot more chattering in the last part of the corner. We managed to reduce this but we just seemed to lack the extra feeling that the alternative forks were giving”.
Dani Pedrosa – 2nd – 2’00.229
“Today we were testing mainly suspension parts, a new front fork in the morning that gives us a more positive feeling on braking, and a rear shock in the afternoon that improves the feeling with the rear tyre, so I’m satisfied with the work we’ve done together with Ohlins. We also tried different settings for the chassis and I’d like to be in the position tomorrow to decide which one we will use for this season. Now, both chassis give me a good feeling and I have to put my head down and think about it because it’s a very important decision. Since coming into MotoGP, this test together with the 2006 winter test on the 990 cc. bike, is the best pre-season. In 2006 I remember we had a very good last test that allowed us to face the first race well prepared and with a lot of confidence; and now it feels very similar. The bike is responding in the areas we need, although the first race is where you see clearly where you win and where you lose. I think Yamaha will be closer than they are now, so we have to keep an eye on them”.
Andrea Dovizioso – 3rd – 2’00.531
“I’m repeating myself, but I’m very very happy. It was a surprise to do 2’00.9 in the first test and we’ve been able to do 2’05 today, which is great. Normally I’m not so fast in testing, so to be competitive like this is very good. Today, the track conditions were better, as usual in the second day of testing, but another good point is that we have improved our lap times from the first test, and our rivals haven’t so much. In terms of tested items, today we did nothing in particular, just tried a few things that you don’t have time to test during the season, and we were consistent all day. The plan for tomorrow is to do a simulation, and it will be a good training to start the season in Qatar with more information about how the tyres and bike work in race distance”.
MotoGP Testing Results – Sepang – Day 2
- Casey Stoner – 2’00.171 – AUS – HONDA – Repsol Honda Team
- Dani Pedrosa – 2’00.229 – SPA – HONDA – Repsol Honda Team
- Andrea Dovizioso – 2’00.531 – ITA – HONDA – Repsol Honda Team
- Ben Spies – 2’00.824 – USA – YAMAHA – Yamaha Factory Racing Team
- Jorge Lorenzo – 2’00.931 – SPA – YAMAHA – Yamaha Factory Racing Team
- Marco Simoncelli – 2’01.033 – ITA – HONDA – San Carlo Honda Gresini
- Hiroshi Aoyama – 2’01.439 – JPN – HONDA – San Carlo Honda Gresini
- Colin Edwards – 2’01.738 – USA – YAMAHA – Monster Yamaha Tech 3
[Press Release and Photo Courtesy of Repsol Honda]