Strong Start for Repsol Honda Team in Sepang

Date : 01/02/2011
Weather : Dry
Temperature : 32 degrees AIR, 45 degrees GROUND
**Humidity : **74%

After a long winter period, the Repsol Honda riders were back on track today at the Malaysian Sepang racetrack for the first official three-day test of the year.

With an intensive testing plan scheduled for the three days, the Repsol Honda riders shared the workload, testing different parts - Dovizioso starting this morning with the 2011 front fork, while Pedrosa and Stoner kept the 2010 version.

The Repsol Honda Team is happy to welcome on track a new sponsor, Termignoni, the historical Italian Company specialised in high performance exhaust systems. Termignoni boasts an impressive 92 victories and 6 world titles in MotoGP, the last 4 in a row. The partnership will be a two-year deal.

CASEY STONER – 1st - 2.01.574
"Very positive day. At the beginning it took some time to get used to the bike again, but I soon felt comfortable and we had a good day. We didn't change the set-up too much compared to the one we had in Valencia and I am please to see that even if the circuit is different, it still works pretty well here in Sepang. We did some work later on with the engine braking to decrease some chattering and looks like we found a good solution. In the next two days we will start testing something new but anyway for me, it was a very good way to come back on track after the winter break."

** DANI PEDROSA – 3rd - 2.02.02**
"I 'm pretty happy with how things went today. My priority was to see how I was on the bike after so long without riding and the feeling has been positive. Obviously I still have less strength under braking and lack of stability in the shoulder with the direction changes, but the cramps have gone and this is very positive for me. We have time to continue with my physical training and gain the strength that I need for when the season starts. I honestly didn't expect to do so many laps today. I started with the 2010 bike to get the feeling back and because in the second half of the season our bike was competitive and we want to begin improving from there. Then I tried a new swingarm and a new chassis, in the last two runs, and my best lap time has been with the new parts, so it's also positive. The plan for tomorrow is to test the new engine."

** ANDREA DOVIZIOSO – 8th - 2.02.507**
"I'm happy because this year we are starting from a very good base. All Honda riders are very competitive so I'm confident and this is an extra boost for me. Today we tested the new engine, it has more power in the low revs and this helps me with the line. We also tested the new chassis and it has some positive and negative points and we need to understand it better. We did a comparison work with the 2010 and 2011 fork, the stability in the front has improved but we must rectify some vibrations in the middle of the corner, together with work on the suspension. I'm satisfied with the fact that it was easier to find the rhythm and with hard tyre I could lap consistently on 2.02.5. I lapped at 2 tenths from the first riders when they were using the same tyre choosing not to use the soft tyre in the end because we focused on understanding the new machine."

** 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

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: ** 43m04.405s (162.292km/h) Casey Stoner (Ducati, 2007)
**MotoGP Wins:
6 (Valentino Rossi 2001, 2003-04, 2006, 2008, 2010)
**2010 Winner: ** Valentino Rossi (Yamaha)

Testing Results
1 Casey Stoner 2.01.574 AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo 2.01.977 SPA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
3 Dani Pedrosa 2.02.02 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Marco Simoncelli 2.02.295 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
5 Ben Spies 2.02.332 USA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
6 Alvaro Bautista 2.02.422 SPA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
7 Hiroshi Aoyama 2.02.483 JPN HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
8 Andrea Dovizioso 2.02.507 ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
9 Colin Edwards 2.02.514 USA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
10 Randy De Puniet 2.03.152 FRA DUCATI Pramac Racing
11 Kousuke Akiyoshi - test rider 2.03.224 JPN HONDA Repsol Honda Team
12 Valentino Rossi 2.03.365 ITA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
13 Nicky Hayden 2.03.508 USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
14 Loris Capirossi 2.03.695 ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
15 Hector Barbera 2.03.767 SPA DUCATI Paginas Amarillas Aspar
16 Cal Crutchlow 2.04.009 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
17 Toni Elias 2.04.238 SPA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
18 Karel Abraham 2.04.470 CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing