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Repsol Honda riders top the time charts at Valencia MotoGP test

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Repsol Honda factory team riders Dani Pedrosa and World Champion Casey Stoner topped the time sheets at the end of the two-day MotoGP test held at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit close to Valencia, the final test of 2011.

Pedrosa and Stoner have found the transition from 800cc to 1,000cc almost seamless and were fastest virtually throughout the dry and fine two days completely overshadowing their rivals as they continued testing the RC213V grand prix machine in readiness for 2012 the debut season for 1,000cc capacity regulations in MotoGP.

Pedrosa's time of 1m 31.807s, set on lap 12 of his 45 lap stint was just 0.161s faster than Stoner's best over the two days. Pedrosa was over half a second faster than third placed Ben Spies (Yamaha 1,000cc).

The RC213V has seen improvements to several areas of performance since the last test, at Brno, in August. Stoner is impressed with the overall development made particularly to the front end which allows for a better corner entry and better feed-back.

"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," Stoner explained.

"There have been a few small improvements especially in terms of the bike working with the new 2012 tyres. The front tyre 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 revitalized and ready for 2012".
Casey Stoner
Dani Pedrosa worked on the engine mapping and suspension of his RC213V and was in positive mood at the end of the final session.

"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," Pedrosa said.

"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 tyre 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".

HRC MotoGP test rider Kosuke Akiyoshi was also on hand for the two-day test to give his invaluable input to the development of the new race machine. Akiyoshi, seventh in the Valencia Grand Prix last Sunday covered 32 laps of the track with a best time of 1m 34.546s.

Main Photo: Dani Pedrosa
Credit: HRC

Session 1 Tuesday

Pos / Rider / Team / Fastest lap / Prev. Gap / Lead. Gap / Laps
1 / Dani Pedrosa / Repsol Honda Team / 01:31.8 / - / - / 28
2 / Casey Stoner / Repsol Honda Team / 01:32.0 / 0.161 / 0.161 / 21
3 / Ben Spies / Yamaha Factory Racing / 01:32.4 / 0.425 / 0.586 / 42
4 / Valentino Rossi / Ducati Team / 01:33.3 / 0.939 / 1.525 / 29
5 / Cal Crutchlow / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / 01:33.4 / 0.101 / 1.626 / 33
6 / Karel Abraham / Cardion AB Motoracing / 01:33.4 / - / 1.626 / 51
7 / Andrea Dovizioso / Monster Yamaha Tech3 / 01:33.6 / 0.197 / 1.823 / 34
8 / Hector Barbera / Pramac Racing Team / 01:33.6 / 0.018 / 1.841 / 35
9 / Alvaro Bautista / San Carlo Honda Gresini / 01:33.9 / 0.215 / 2.056 / 32
10 / Stefan Bradl / LCR Honda MotoGP / 01:34.1 / 0.279 / 2.335 / 32
11 / Franco Battaini / Ducati Team / 01:34.8 / 0.698 / 3.033 / 51
12 / kousuke Akiyoshi / Repsol Honda Team / 01:35.6 / 0.786 / 3.819 / 7
13 / Ivan Silva / BQR Inmotec / 01:36.7 / 1.069 / 4.888 / 28
14 / Carmelo Morales / TeamLaglisse / 01:37.0 / 0.308 / 5.196 / 43
15 / Yonny Hernandez / BQR FTR / 01:37.7 / 0.744 / 5.94 / 9
16 / Federico Sandi / Grillini Team / 01:38.7 / 0.933 / 6.873 / 26

Session 2 Wednesday

Pos / Rider / Team / Fastest lap / Prev. Gap / Lead. Gap / Laps
1 / Dani Pedrosa / Repsol Honda Team / 01:31.8 / - / - / 45
2 / Casey Stoner / Repsol Honda Team / 01:32.0 / 0.161 / 0.161 / 33
3 / Ben Spies / Yamaha Factory Racing / 01:32.3 / 0.37 / 0.531 / 75
4 / Cal Crutchlow / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / 01:32.6 / 0.212 / 0.743 / 67
5 / Andrea Dovizioso / Monster Yamaha Tech3 / 01:33.3 / 0.706 / 1.449 / 69
6 / Valentino Rossi / Ducati Team / 01:33.3 / 0.076 / 1.525 / 62
7 / Karel Abraham / Cardion AB Motoracing / 01:33.4 / 0.101 / 1.626 / 72
8 / Hector Barbera / Pramac Racing Team / 01:33.6 / 0.215 / 1.841 / 41
9 / Alvaro Bautista / San Carlo Honda Gresini / 01:33.8 / 0.166 / 2.007 / 55
10 / Stefan Bradl / LCR Honda MotoGP / 01:34.1 / 0.328 / 2.335 / 61
11 / kousuke Akiyoshi / Repsol Honda Team / 01:34.5 / 0.404 / 2.739 / 32
12 / Franco Battaini / Ducati Team / 01:34.8 / 0.294 / 3.033 / 74
13 / Carmelo Morales / TeamLaglisse / 01:35.9 / 1.071 / 4.104 / 67
14 / Ivan Silva / BQR Inmotec / 01:36.7 / 0.784 / 4.888 / 52
15 / Yonny Hernandez / BQR FTR / 01:37.3 / 0.584 / 5.472 / 30
16 / Federico Sandi / Grillini Team / 01:38.7 / 1.401 / 6.873 / 26

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