MotoGP Test Phillip Island, Australia, February 1, 2007

2007-02-01 10:03
Repsol Honda riders shine on final day of Phillip
Island test - Champion Hayden tops times.

The curtain came down on the three-day MotoGP
test at Phillip Island with Repsol Honda factory
riders, World Champion Nicky Hayden and Dani
Pedrosa, completing a successful test by posting
the fastest lap times recorded over the three-days.

The Repsol liveried riders were the only two men
to dip into the 1m 29s bracket with Hayden
fastest at 1m 29.52s. Pedrosa was just two-tenths
behind his team mate with a best of 1m 29.72s.
Both men set their best lap times on Michelin qualifying rubber.

Hayden felt that the Phillip Island test had been
most positive. The American had spent the day
fine-tuning the overall balance of the machine
before moving on to testing engine settings and
working on tyre testing for Michelin.

Pedrosa has improved every day and like Hayden
spent a long time working on engine mapping today
to find smoother power delivery. Once content the
team were moving in the right direction Pedrosa
worked on tyre testing for Michelin.

The Gresini Honda team riders worked on identical
test programmes on their RC212V 800cc
four-cylinder Honda's today. Team riders Marco
Melandri and Toni Elias dedicating the final day
of the test improving overall machine balance and
feed back from the variations of chassis,
suspension and tyres they tested. Both men full
race distance simulations and both were satisfied with the results.

LCR Honda rider Carlos Checa leaves Phillip
Island content with the progress made over the
three days of the test. The Spaniard feels that
the team have found a better balance for the
RC212V having completed successful rear end
suspension testing today setting his best time of
1m 30.46s on race tyres. Checa is confident the
team will provide him with a competitive machine
for the opening grand prix of the season at Doha, Qatar on March 10.

Despite not yet 100% fit following the stomach
bug he contracted on the opening day of the test
Shinya Nakano continued his acclimatisation to
the RC212V Honda, Michelin tyres and his new
team. Nakano has built up a good relationship
with his team technicians in a very short time
and the association is beginning to deliver
results. The Japanese rider has worked mostly on
the handling of his RCV and today completed
successful rear end testing. He has the machine
set up for fast corner entry and good mid-corner
speed but still lacks traction off the corners,
something Nakano is eager to address at the next
MotoGP test, at Qatar on February

Team Roberts depart for home reasonably satisfied
with the performance of the KR212V Honda powered
Roberts machine at Phillip Island. The team made
progress in all the areas they decided needed
development following the Sepang tests of last
week. KR212V rider Kenny Roberts Jnr lapped
consistently in the 1m 31s bracket, a lot closer
the front than at this stage last season with the KR211V.

The MotoGP teams now move on to Doha, Qatar for a
three-day test on February 13-15.


Honda rider quotes and lap times.

Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda: 1m 29.52s - 101
laps "The last day here was definitely the most
positive of this test and also of the year so
far. We found a few settings on the bike that I
liked and made some good progress. I also did a
longer run and the times were pretty consistent
in the 1m 30s bracket on race tyres, which is
positive too. It's not like we can call the dogs
off yet though because we've still got some work
to do! We were fastest today on the qualifying
tyre and I really think that's down to Michelin's
qualifying tyre working really well here. Also, a
certain somebody wasn't at this test, so just
because we're quickest today we can't relax. I
want to say thanks to my team because I'm really
happy with how well we're working together. Plus
I've got a new Showa suspension technician and
that's already going well too. Now we'll head to
the next two tests and see where we stand then."

Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda: 1m 29.72s - 86 laps.
"We did a lot of work today on the engine and
tyres, which is just what we planned from
yesterday. I'm happy about the results and we
improved a lot at this track over the course of
the test which is important. We tested some
aspects of the engine performance today and found
some settings that have given us a good direction
to work in. And we did quite of lot of tyre
testing with Michelin that helped us too. The lap
times on both race tyres and qualifying tyres
were pretty good, so we have to keep on working
at the next two tests to be ready for the season."

Toni Elias, Gresini Honda: 1m 30.50s - 93 laps.
"The balance of this 3 days test session is
positive. We worked on chassis, suspensions and
tyres in order to find a good compromise. In
particular, tyre testing was very important to
collect important data and impressions. I'm
confident because, starting from next test in
Qatar we should have some tyres that are more
suitable to my characteristics. We also used the
qualifying data to collect some further
information for Bridgestone. I'm not happy with
my lap time but, at the moment, we are working
step by step to understand the bike and create a
good base for further set-up improvements".

Marco Melandri, Gresini Honda: 1m 30.80s - 100
laps. "It was an important day because we
understood many things as for the chassis,
suspensions and tyres. The RC212V is really a new
bike, very different from the Rc211V 1000cc, so
we needed to test some different set up solutions
in order to understand the behaviour of the bike.
We also made a race simulation to collect
important data that will be useful for next test
session. The balance is positive, my lap time
cannot be taken as a point of reference because I
didn't use qualifying tyres, in fact I preferred to work for the race pace".


Shinya Nakano-Konica Minolta Honda 1m 30.97s - 70
laps. "My physical condition is much better than
Monday but I'm still not feeling 100%. At least
today we finished the job of testing the Michelin
tyres. Today we were looking at finding the
different solutions of rear tyre and this allowed
us to obtain a good balance with the bike and an
overall good set-up, which we will use in two
weeks in Qatar. I am happy about the results
gained in these three days as I have better
understood the working style of my Team and I am
working well with them. Tomorrow I fly to Japan
and I'm going to use the next six days to try and
recover physically so I'm 100% fit for the next important test."


Carlos Checa, LCR Honda: 1m 30.46s - 101 laps."We
are quite satisfied about these three-day of
test. Today we worked especially on the rear
suspensions aiming to find a better feeling on
the bike. The solutions we found work good but we
still have to fix the front suspensions in the
next test sessions. We also worked on the engine
torque gathering useful data. I did not lap on
qualifying tyres today but then I rode with a
good pace on race tyres improving also my lap
time of yesterday. I feel more comfortable day by
day and I look forward to testing again in Qatar
and Jerez to settle the bike in the best way for the beginning of the season".


Kenny Roberts Jnr, KR212V: 1m 31.10s "It's my
sixth day of testing on the new machine and I
think we've improved quite a bit with our
understanding of the bike. We've got quite a lot
of stuff still to try, though we're pretty much
tested-out here with what we've had time to do. I
did my best lap time on race tyres and felt
somewhat comfortable in the low 1m 31s. We're
going to need to pick up time obviously to be
fighting for the front positions when we come
back here - but that's a long time from now and
we're just looking forward to Qatar where
hopefully we can get the stuff that we need for
testing there that'll help our situation. We're
ok for where we're at - the team did a good job here."



Unofficial Times Phillip Island Test - Day Three

1. Nicky Hayden- Repsol Honda 1m 29.52s
2. Dani Pedrosa-Repsol Honda 1m 29.72s
3. Loris Capirossi-Ducati Marlboro 1m 30.149s
4. Casey Stoner-Ducati Marlboro 1m 30.206s
5. Alex Hofmann-Pramac D'Antin Ducati 1m 30.21s
6. Alex Barros-Pramac D'Antin Ducati 1m 30.43s
7. Carlos Checa-Honda LCR 1m 30.46s
8. Toni Elias-Gresini Honda 1m 30.50s
9. Chris Vermeulen- Rizla Suzuki 1m 30.72s
10. Marco Melandri-Gresini Honda 1m 30.80s
11. John Hopkins- Rizla Suzuki 1m 30.80s
12. Shinya Nakano-Konica Minolta Honda 1m 30.97s
13. Kenny Roberts JR-Team Roberts 1m 31.10s

Source: Honda Pro Image

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