Date : 13/07/2012
Weather : Dry
Temperature : Air: 26ºC, Ground: 42ºC
Humidity : 43%
The Repsol Honda Team had a good start on the first day of free practice sessions at the Grand Prix of Italy, with Dani Pedrosa finishing the day in second position, just 0.031 off Lorenzo, and Casey Stoner in sixth, 0.4 off the best lap time.
Dani and Casey made the most of the perfect weather conditions to test the performance of the Bridgestone tyres in the fast and flowing Mugello circuit to start setting up their RC213V machines. Both riders worked with the standard hard rear tyre, the most likely choice for the race distance of 23 laps.
Dani, who won at Sachsenring last week and here in Mugello in 2010, made a big step forward in the afternoon session and with a best time of 1'48.107, lapping three tenths under the circuit record (set by Lorenzo last year with 1'48.402), while Casey, a winner here in 2009, finished close behind with a best lap time of 1'48.527.
CASEY STONER – 6th - 1'48.527
"We haven't had a great day and aren't too impressed with our pace on the bike. This morning we began very far off the pace and slowly made our way forward. This afternoon we were trying to get the hard tyre to work, but every time we went out it didn't work so we came back in to try something different and then go back out but it was still the same. We can't seem to get the same tyre temperatures that the others are getting at the moment, we're trying to find it through different set ups, but we haven't found it just yet. We have some thinking to do tonight and will try to come back tomorrow with something different".
DANI PEDROSA – 2nd - 1'48.107
"We had some troubles with the tyres in the morning, but in the afternoon we made a step forward that I'm happy with in order to keep improving tomorrow. We struggled to get up to the pace a little in FP1, but during the day we were getting closer to Lorenzo, who seems to have the set up quite clear from the beginning. In the afternoon we wanted complete the 12 laps Bridgestone requested on the standard hard option tyre. I went out planning to make this long run on my first exit but I couldn't complete it due to the red flag. Anyway, we finished the day quite well and we have some ideas for tomorrow; we need to find some more grip and better braking to gain three or four more tenths".