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Catalunya MotoGP Official Test - Catalunya - Testing - 04/06/2012

Date : 04/06/2012
Weather : Dry
Temperature : Air: 25 degrees, Ground: 39 degrees
Humidity : 89%

Intense testing day for the Repsol Honda Team

The Repsol Honda Team was back on track this morning, taking part in the one day test for all MotoGP teams.

Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa began their testing programs around 11 o'clock this morning, after some small patches of water had dried up from the rain last night. The main target for both Honda factory riders was to improve the chattering issues, but also to learn how to set up the bike for the new Bridgestone front tyre that will be the standard tyre provided from Silverstone GP.

Today, Dani completed 234 kilometres at the Catalunya circuit with a best lap time of 1'42.342, on lap 52 of 53. Casey finished very close behind, with a lap time of 1'42.369 after 51 laps.

The Repsol Honda Team will not attend the test that will be held on Wednesday in Aragon.

DANI PEDROSA
 
DANI PEDROSA – 5th 1'42.342
 
"It was good to have a dry test to try some things on the bike. We made some improvements, but not enough to make a big step forward. We were basically trying to get the new front tyre working. We did many laps and tried different things with the chassis and forks, weight distribution on the bike and so on. We already had issues with chattering on the rear and now we have also with this new front. I will keep my mind open and keep trying hard with my team to improve the situation, but it's just an unfair situation for Honda. The reason they say for changing the tyre is safety, but at the moment it's not safe for us, we are riding on the limit every lap. We decided not to go to Aragon because we don't have the option to test the new front tyre there".
CASEY STONER
 
CASEY STONER –6th 1'42.369
 
"It's been a long day and we had a lot of things to test. We were in and out of the box a lot and each time we had something new, something different, to try and resolve the issues that we've been having. We didn't work on set up at all, we just tried everything we could think of to reduce the rear chatter. To a certain degree we seem to have improved it, which is a positive step for the future, but until we get to the next track it's going to be hard to tell. It's still there to a certain degree, so we still have work to do but we've definitely made a step forward. The new front tyre has created more chatter in the front, we don't like it but we'll make our bike work around it".

Testing Results
1 Andrea Dovizioso 1'41.997 ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
2 Ben Spies 1'42.143 USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
3 Hector Barbera 1'42.186 SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
4 Alvaro Bautista 1'42.309 SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
5 Dani Pedrosa 1'42.342 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
6 Casey Stoner 1'42.369 AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
7 Cal Crutchlow 1'42.378 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
8 Jorge Lorenzo 1'42.635 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
9 Stefan Bradl 1'42.769 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
10 Nicky Hayden 1'42.941 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
11 Valentino Rossi 1'43.252 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
12 Karel Abraham 1'43.926 CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
13 Randy De Puniet 1'44.326 FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
14 Aleix Espargaro 1'44.487 ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP
15 Colin Edwards 1'44.979 USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
16 Michelle Pirro 1'45.080 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
17 Yonny Hernandez 1'45.701 COL BQR-FTR BQR
18 Ivan Silva 1'45.841 SPA BQR-FTR BQR
19 Mattia Pasini 1'45.870 ITA ART Speed Master
20 James Ellison 1'46.047 GBR ART Paul Bird Racing


Circuit information
First race 1992 (Modified 1995)
GPs held 20
Laps 25
Race distance 118.175km / 73.425miles
Track length 4.727km / 2.937miles
Track width 12m
Longest straight 1.047km / 0.651miles
Corners 13 (8 right, 5 left)
Pole position Left

Sepang International Circuit

Circuit records
Pole position 1m41.186s (168.177Km/h) Casey Stoner (Ducati, 2008)
Race lap
1m42.358s (166.251Km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2008)
Race time 43m02.175s (164.756km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2008)
MotoGP Wins 6 (Valentino Rossi 2001-02, 2004-06-09)
2011 Winner Casey Stoner (Honda)
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