The Repsol Honda team continued to put in fast laps around the Sepang track today. The three Repsol Honda riders, Dani Pedrosa, Casey Stoner, and Andrea Dovizioso, held three of the top four spots at the end of the second day of testing for the MotoGP riders in Malaysia.
Casey Stoner led the practice session yesterday, but today it was his teammate Dani Pedrosa who took the top honors. Pedrosa was the first, and for the time being the only rider to set a lap time below 2’01”.
“I think it’s the first time I’ve ridden so fast on this track, but you’re just fresh in the morning and I did four very good first laps,” said Pedrosa. “I was not looking for a time, but I saw that the track conditions were good and I pushed. The closer you get to the limit, the clearer the changes you are doing on the bike become, which lead you in the right direction.
“Today I tried the new engine, which has improved from Valencia, some chassis configurations and rear shocks. Tomorrow the plan is to continue comparing both bikes and it would be great to come away with the chassis and engine decided for the next test.”
Stoner was the next across the line, more than a half second behind his teammate.
“Yesterday we really didn’t expect the best time, today we expected a bigger difference with the soft tyre – but with the chassis we chose we just couldn’t get the best out of the tyre,” said Stoner. “Tomorrow maybe we can focus a little more to compare the chassis again and then see which direction to go from there. We’ve got a few other small things here and there but they can wait until the next test. Now I’m starting to understand the bike a bit better and when I ride it, it feels more like home.”
Ben Spies took the third place spot today in Malaysia, but was followed by another Repsol Honda rider. Andrea Dovizioso claimed the fourth place spot, and was able to do some further work on the RC212V.
“I’m satisfied with the work done today, Dovizioso said. “We have a good base that works well on different tracks. We started comparing the 2010 and 2011 front fork again and decided to stick to the 2011 version because it allows me to brake harder even if a small vibration still remains in the middle of the corner. I’m very happy with the pace I had today, but I am still not happy with my ability to improve my lap time when I try to push harder on the softer tyre.”
Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com