VALENCIA MotoGP Official Test - Mugello - Testing - 16/07/2012

Date : 16/07/2012
Weather : Dry
Temperature : Air: 29ºC, Ground: 51ºC
Humidity : 32%

Positive steps in Mugello Test for Repsol Honda Team

After three demanding weeks, with consecutive races in the Netherlands, Germany and Italy, the Repsol Honda Team have concluded with a positive day of testing at the Mugello circuit.

The Honda factory team were back on track this morning to test a new engine and a new prototype that HRC has developed, aiming improve performance of the RC213V.

Dani Pedrosa did 51 laps with a best time of 1'47.549, two tenths under the circuit record he set in Sunday's race (1'47.705) and Casey Stoner completed 47 laps with a fastest time of 1'47.551, just two thousandths off his team mate.

Both riders reported some positive feedback and the HRC engineers now have valuable data from the factory riders to take back to Japan for evaluation.

The Repsol Honda Team can now enjoy a small break before taking to the track in Laguna Seca for the US Grand Prix on the 29th July.

DANI PEDROSA –2nd 1'47.549
"We tested many things today and I'm happy because we found some positives with the new engine and also with the new chassis that can help us in the second part of the season. I was really hoping for some improvements after the issues we have had with the extra weight, chattering and the front tyres and in this test we made a step forward. Honda is working very hard and I'm sure they will do their best to be able to supply us the new parts for Laguna and the following races, but we'll see if it's possible with the engine allocations; anyway, it would be very good for us. The engine is better into the corner, the engine brake is smoother and the bike is not so sharp when you close the throttle, so this helps you to get into the corner. I m ade my best lap time on my current bike; it's normal as I'm used to it. With the new bike I made a mistake shifting gears and I had a small crash on my third lap, so I couldn't do a longer run, but the feeling was also positive".
CASEY STONER –3rd 1'47.551
"We had a new engine and new chassis to test today. With the engine we found some improvements, a little smoother and some more power. As far as chassis goes I didn't find any real benefits, we tried many different things but couldn't get a better feeling. There were a few small areas that improved but nothing in terms of performance or for the lap time, just a marginally better feeling under braking. It wasn't really the test we were looking for, we had hoped to find something to help us get rid of the chatter and give us some more feeling in the middle of the corner but unfortunately we didn't find this. If we can have the new engine with the current chassis, it's the best combination, but we're not sure if we can have it in time for La guna Seca, we'll have to wait and see".
"Both riders gave positive feedback with the new engine and we will do our best to provide it to them already next week in Laguna Seca. The new chassis has good points and bad points. Dani seems to like it and we will do our best to bring it for him at the next round. Casey doesn't find what he was looking for in this new chassis; to reduce the chatter. We have some more ideas to solve this and we will continue working to improve our machine but we can be reasonably happy of today's result".
Testing Results
1 Jorge Lorenzo 1'47.435 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
2 Dani Pedrosa 1'47.549 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Casey Stoner 1'47.551 AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Nicky Hayden 1'47.746 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
5 Cal Crutchlow 1'47.750 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Andrea Dovizioso 1'47.775 ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
7 Stefan Bradl 1'48.060 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
8 Hector Barbera 1'48.084 SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
9 Alvaro Bautista 1'48.530 SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
10 Valentino Rossi 1'48.565 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
11 Aleix Espargaro 1'49.547 ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP
12 Yonny Hernandez 1'50.211 COL BQR-FTR BQR
13 Randy De Puniet 1'50.516 FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
14 Michelle Pirro 1'50.934 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
15 Franco Battaini 1'51.273 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
16 Colin Edwards 1'51.997 USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
17 Ivan Silva 1'52.019 SPA BQR-FTR BQR

Circuit information
First race 1976 (Modified 1999)
GPs held 27
Laps 23
Race distance 120.635km / 74.957miles
Track length 5.245km / 3.259miles
Track width 14m
Longest straight 1.141km / 0.709miles
Corners 15 (9 right, 6 left)
Pole position Right

Sepang International Circuit

Circuit records
Pole position 1m47.284s (176.000Km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2012)
Race lap 1m47.705s (175.312Km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2012)
Race time 41m37.477s (173.889km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2012)
MotoGP Wins 7 (Valentino Rossi 2002-08)
2012 Winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
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