Jerez MotoGP Test – Day 2 Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa finished the second day of testing at the Jerez circuit in Spain by setting the fastest time of the test so far with a lap on Michelin qualifying tires. The 22-year-old confirmed the continuing progress of the new prototype Honda RC212V by setting a mark of 1m 39.993s with his final lap of the day. Considering it was the Spaniard’s first run on qualifying rubber at the Jerez circuit on the new 2008 machine, this compares well with Pedrosa’s pole position time of 1m 39.402s, set here at the Spanish Grand Prix in March. Pedrosa was also topping the timesheets on race rubber today before the top five riders had used qualifiers late this afternoon.
Dani Pedrosa Fastest lap: 1m 39.993s – 53 laps “We ended up with the fastest time of the day which is nice, and the day’s testing was pretty productive. We started quite late again this morning after waiting for the track conditions to warm up and we also spent quite a lot of time stopped in the garage making machine setting changes, but this is normal for testing. In the afternoon we did more laps, making further set-up adjustments and continuing the work from yesterday. We’ve been doing short runs of not many laps because it’s a new bike and there are many small things to adjust. When we have done this base work we will begin to do longer runs. My fastest lap today was on qualifying tires because it’s important to see how the bike reacts with the extra grip. It was not a bad lap time, especially since it’s the first time with this bike on qualifiers at Jerez, though we’re not at the level that we were at the end of the season when I took the four pole positions in a row. We didn’t have time to test the other Michelin tire options here today so there’s plenty of work still to do tomorrow.”
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