Positive Test in Estoril for Repsol Honda riders

MotoGP Official Test - May 2

Date : 02/05/2011
Weather : Dry
Temperature : Air 22 degrees, Ground 33 degrees
Humidity : 52%

The Repsol Honda Team returned to the Estoril circuit today to resume development work on the RC212V in the first after-the-race test of the 2011 season.

Casey Stoner, recovering from the physical problems he suffered in his back yesterday during the race, tested the new 2011 Ohlins front fork with various hydraulic settings, a new clutch and two new specification Bridgestone tyres.

Andrea Dovizioso also tested a new clutch which he found to reduce 'hopping', and he also completed a tyre test with Bridgestone.

After his great victory yesterday, Dani Pedrosa chose to complete only 17 laps and reduce his testing program due to his recent surgery and the effort it took for him to take part in yesterday's 28 lap race. Pedrosa completed a few laps with the modified clutch.

CASEY STONER - 1'36.602
"We haven't had a lot to test, there aren't really any new parts, we tried a different system on the clutch which was fine but not actually improving on what we have. We tried a few Bridgestone tyres with a new construction and compound, they were definitely an improvement especially on the left side, so that went well. We tested the new 2011 fork and everything worked well with them, last time we tried them we had some issues with chattering but we seem to have fixed that now. This is a big improvement as these forks work better on the bumps and on the brakes so hopefully we can continue to use them in the future. The beginning of the day my back was really sore and difficult to ride with but then it eased a little as the day progressed, so I hope it continues to get better".

"Today we tested a new clutch that gave us positive feedback and we had less hopping. We also tested two different settings that gave me a better feeling under braking. In general I was riding more comfortable than during the race weekend. Bridgestone also brought two new rear tyres but the feeling was not so good as I had some chattering on the front. Anyway, it has been a positive test and I'm looking forward to the next races".

DANI PEDROSA - 1'37.679
"The shoulder is a bit better than last night thanks to some muscle relaxing tablets I took, but I've still got a lot of pain. I did a few laps with the bike I used yesterday for the race, but I saw immediately that I wouldn't be able to do the full program today. I tried one modified clutch looking to reduce the hopping, the bumping on the rear we have when we release the clutch. It's a shame not be able to profit from this test because we wanted to also try the new 2011 front fork and rear shock to get more traction, but I was unable to do it. Now, the plan before Le Mans race is to rest as much as I can for three or four days, trying to recover. Then I must check what is the best technique to relax the muscles, because it would be good to arrive in Le Mans in good shape and not so tense".

Testing Results

1 Marco Simoncelli 1'36.211 ITA-HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
2 Jorge Lorenzo 1'36.316 SPA-YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
3 Casey Stoner 1'36.602 AUS-HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Cal Crutchlow 1'36.850 GBR-YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
5 Valentino Rossi 1'37.382 ITA-DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
6 Colin Edwards 1'37.410 USA-YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
7 Ben Spies 1'37.421 USA-YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
8 Andrea Dovizioso 1'37.460 ITA-HONDA Repsol Honda Team
9 Nicky Hayden 1'37.463 USA-DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
10 Dani Pedrosa 1'37.679 SPA-HONDA Repsol Honda Team
11 Hiroshi Aoyama 1'38.032 JPN-HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
12 Karel Abraham 1'38.087 CZE-DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
13 Toni Elias 1'38.412 SPA-HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
14 Loris Capirossi 1'38.633 ITA-DUCATI Pramac Racing

Circuit information
First race 2000
GPs held 12
Laps 28
Race distance 117.096km / 72.772miles
Track length 4.182km / 2.599miles
Track width 14m
Longest straight 0.986km / 0.613miles
Corners 13 (4 left, 9 right)
Pole position Left

Circuit records
Pole position 1m35.715m (157.291Km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2008)
Race lap 1m36.937m (155.309Km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2009)
Race time 45m35.522s (154.100Km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2009)
MotoGP Wins 5 (Valentino Rossi 2001-04, 2007)
2011 Winner Dani Pedrosa (Honda)