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".

Testing Results


Rider Time Nat Bike Team
1 Dani Pedrosa 1'31.807 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Casey Stoner 1'31.968 AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Ben Spies 1'32.338 USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
4 Cal Crutchlow 1'32.550 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
5 Andrea Dovizioso 1'33.256 ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Valentino Rossi 1'33.332 ITA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
7 Karel Abraham 1'33.433 CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
8 Hector Barbera 1'33.648 SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
9 Alvaro Bautista 1'33.814 SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
10 Stefan Bradl 1'34.142 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
11 Kousuke Akiyoshi 1'34.546 JPN HONDA Repsol Honda Team
12 Franco Battaini 1'34.840 ITA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
13 Carmelo Morales 1'35.911 SPA BMW Team Laglisse
14 Ivan Silva 1'36.695 SPA N/A BQR Inmotec
15 Yonny Hernandez 1'37.279 COL KAWASAKI BQR FTR
16 Federico Sandi 1'38.680 ITA GAPAM Grillini Team

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