Repsol Honda end 2011 on top in Valencia test The second and final day of testing at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia saw Respol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner once again finish first and second on the timing sheets.
Under perfect conditions with no wind and an air temperature of 20 degrees, Dani completed 45 laps and recorded the day's fastest time with a 1'31.807 on lap 12. Team mate Casey did 33 laps on his RC213V and logged the second fastest time of the day on his 15th lap with a time of 1'31.968.
This final testing day of 2011 saw both riders fine tuning elements of their 2012, 1000cc machine. As well as testing the new 2012 Bridgestone tires, both riders worked on general set up of the machines, Dani also worked on engine mapping and rear shock set up, and Casey focused on reducing chattering in the front. Feedback from both riders will be taken back to HRC in Japan, to further develop the RC213V in preparation for the next test, taking place at the end of January 2012.
DANI PEDROSA – 1st 1'31.807 "We had another good day of testing today. Basically we've been working on the engine mapping, to better manage the power of the bike, and with the rear shock. The changes we've done on the bike from Brno to here have been positive and we finish the year with a good feeling. It will be interesting to go to Sepang and continue working under very different conditions, with harder tire compounds and a much higher track temperature. In general, I'm leaving Valencia in a good mood, more for the improvements we've made than for the lap times, which are not so important for me in winter testing".
CASEY STONER – 2nd 1'31.968 "Everything has gone pretty well to be honest, on the first day we just needed to compare the bike to the one we tested earlier in the year. There have been a few small improvements especially in terms of the bike working with the new 2012 tires. The front tire gives us quite a lot of chatter so this is something we are trying to improve and the new bike helped with that slightly but we'd still like to improve that point a little more. Something we've had since last season with the 800's is a lack of feeling and some chatter coming from the rear on the way into the corner which is something we still need to improve with the RC213V but we believe we know the direction to go in to improve this situation. Overall it's been a positive test and it's the end of a long season! I'm looking forward to going home now and having some rest, enjoying time with family and friends and preparing for the arrival of our child in February, then we'll be back in Sepang revitalized and ready for 2012".
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