Date : 27/07/2012
Weather : Dry
Temperature : Air: 15ºC, Ground: 19ºC
Humidity : 79%
It was a good start for the Repsol Honda Team in Laguna Seca. Both riders had their first outing on the challenging American track also taking the opportunity to try some new parts in this morning's session.
Dani found pace very quickly and after two runs with his 'standard' bike, he swapped to the new one he first tried in the Mugello test, with new engine and new chassis, to set the fastest time (1'21.424), less than 1 tenth off the circuit record (1'21.376, Casey Stoner 2010). Casey also did his last run with the new engine mounted on his 'standard' chassis, which he feels more familiar with, and also improved his lap time to finish third with a fastest lap of 1'21.829, 4 tenths off his team mate.
The action continues in Laguna Seca with the second free practice scheduled at 14h10 local time (23h10 C.E.T).
DANI PEDROSA – 1st - 1'21.424
"We had a pretty good start of the weekend. The times has been fast from the beginning and we got into the pace quickly. I did my first two runs with my current bike and the last one with the new one and the feelings are quite similar to Mugello, which is positive. I'll test both bikes again this afternoon to have more data to judge with higher temperatures and hard tyres and we'll see how it goes. This is a demanding track physically, it's small but technical and the bike moves a lot. I think that with the new engine the bike is more stable, smother due to the engine brake. I did my best lap with the new bike, even though we didn't work on the set up yet, so let's see if we can improve it a little more and decide on the best option for the race on Sunday".
CASEY STONER – 3rd - 1'21.829
"Track conditions seem quite good for the first session as it usually takes some time to lay some rubber down before the track feels good. The rear tyre seemed to drop away quite quickly, after the first few exits we didn't have much grip so we need to work on that. We had a few issues on stability, we need to get the bike turning a little better, try and reduce some of the front chatter and get more stability out of the bike in general because we're getting a lot of movement on the entry and exit of the corners. So a few things to work on but in general we're ok, it's only FP1".