Pedrosa starts in a good shape but Stoner unable to ride

MotoGP Official Test | Sepang
Date : 31/01/2012
Weather : Dry
Temperature : Air: 34 degrees, Ground: 45 degrees
Humidity : 64%

[Today the Repsol Honda Team officially kicked off the 2012 MotoGP season with the first of three days testing at the Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia.

Due to early morning rain, the track conditions were not good enough to go out on track until midday when HRC test rider, Kosuke Akiyoshi performed the first 10 laps on Dani Pedrosa's bike and then jumped onto Casey Stoner's machine to complete a further 4 laps and confirm that everything was working well.

Dani set the second fastest laptime of the day with a 2'02.003 and completed a total of 48 laps on a bike similar to the one he tested in Valencia in November.

Dani was the only Repsol Honda rider on track with the new RC213V as current World Champion, Casey, pulled his back whilst warming up and preparing to go on track for the first time this season. The Australian rider received some treatment from a physiotherapist and after resting this evening he will hopefully feel better tomorrow and be able to begin his testing program.

DANI PEDROSA | 2nd 2'02.003
"Today was good, for the first laps I think it was important for me to come back and just ride again. Of course, the first day I was a little bit stiff, not totally smooth on the bike, but we completed some laps and they were good. Today was mainly a test for myself, to get used to the bike again, recover the feeling, feel the throttle and the brakes after a long time off. The whole day I stayed with the same bike that I tested in Valencia in November and tomorrow the real test will start for us, we will work on the set up and probably try a modified chassis that Honda has brought here according to our requests after Valencia".

"I was stretching this morning for a good twenty minutes preparing to go out on track for the first time and then all of a sudden my back just locked up on me, I couldn't move or do anything. I had to call someone to come and help me move into a position that was less painful! Then I had some physio on it straight away trying to get it better for this afternoon but it's wasn't feeling good. I had some more physio after lunch but it still wasn't easing up, I felt I could have gone out on the bike in the afternoon but we all agreed it would probably make it worse for tomorrow. We have two more days testing here in Sepang, we know the track well and we are getting to know the bike, we just need some time to test the new parts we have here to give feedback to HRC. I think tomorrow the track conditions will be better and as long as my back improves overnight we should get back on schedule with our testing programme tomorrow".

Testing Results

1 Jorge Lorenzo 2'01.657 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
2 Dani Pedrosa 2'02.003 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Cal Crutchlow 2'02.221 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
4 Ben Spies 2'02.234 USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
5 Valentino Rossi 2'02.392 ITA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
6 Andrea Dovizioso 2'02.751 ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
7 Hector Barbera 2'02.773 SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
8 Katsuyuki Nakasuga 2'02.829 JAP YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
9 Alvaro Bautista 2'02.869 SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
10 Nicky Hayden 2'03.151 USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
11 Stefan Bradl 2'03.668 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
12 Karel Abraham 2'03.781 CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
13 Franco Battaini 2'04.986 ITA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
14 Kousuke Akiyoshi 2'04.971 JPN HONDA Repsol Honda Team
15 Colin Edwards 2'08.240 USA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
16 Jordi Torres 2'10.671 SPA KAWASAKI BQR FTR
17 Ivan Silva 2'11.267 SPA KAWASAKI BQR FTR

[Circuit information
First race 1999
GPs held 12
Laps 21
Race distance 116.508km / 72.387miles
Track length 5.548km / 3.447miles
Track width 25m
Longest straight 0.920km / 0.572miles
Corners 15 (10 right, 5 left)
Pole position Left

Sepang International Circuit Sdn. Bhd.
Jalan Pekeliling
64000 KLIA
Selangor Darul Ehsan
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Circuit records
Pole position | 2m00.518s (165.724km/h) Valentino Rossi (Yamaha, 2009)
Race lap | 2m02.108s (163.566 km/h) Casey Stoner (Ducati, 2007)
Race time | 41m03.448s (162.153km/h) Valentino Rossi (Yamaha, 2010)
MotoGP Wins | 6 (Valentino Rossi 2001, 2003-04, 2006, 2008, 2010)
2010 Winner | Valentino Rossi (Yamaha)
2011 Winner | NA - Race Cancelled