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MotoGP Test, Sepang 2, Day 2
Posted by: newsla on Feb 27, 2014 - 06:20 PM
MotoGP Test, Sepang 2, Day 2

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V) moved to the top of the lap times during the middle day of the three-day Sepang 2 test session. Also on fine form in the tropical heat was Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini RC213V) who was third quickest after leading the way yesterday.


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Former 250 and 125 World Champion Pedrosa, who suffered yesterday due to lack of sleep brought on by jetlag, was in flying form this afternoon. After dedicating himself to working on engine maps and front-end set-up, he upped his pace to ride the fastest lap at the end of the day as track temperatures cooled somewhat. Tomorrow he will focus on rear set-up and race runs.

Pedrosa’s team-mate and reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V) is absent from these tests after breaking his right fibula bone during a training accident last week. The youngster will also miss next week’s Phillip Island test and won’t be allowed to ride at the subsequent non-factory tests at Qatar. The next time he will ride his Repsol Honda RC213V will be in FP1 at the Qatar GP on March 20.

Bautista continued the excellent work he began yesterday, further honing the set-up of his RCV213V, which uses Showa suspension and Nissin brakes, unlike the other factory RCVs that run Öhlins and Brembo. The Spaniard ran an impressive race-distance run in the afternoon, improving his best lap time at the same time.

Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda RC213V) ended day two an excellent sixth fastest, taking advantage of the slightly improved track condition to focus on evaluating the hard-compound Bridgestone rear and improving braking stability.

Nicky Hayden (Drive M7 Aspar Honda RCV1000R) had another busy day, working mostly on suspension settings and general set-up. Like most riders, he will bid to do a full-race run tomorrow.

Hiroshi Aoyama (Drive M7 Aspar Honda RCV1000R) ended the day three places behind his team-mate and just behind Andrea Iannone, riding a factory specification Ducati. The former 250 World Champion was unable to ride the way he wants to, due to the slippery track surface, but he nonetheless did useful work on suspension set-up to improve machine balance and stability.

MotoGP rookie Scott Redding (GO&FUN Honda Gresini RCV1000R) also had a promising day. The Briton tried different suspension settings and also adjusted his riding position on his RCV1000R. Tomorrow he will aim to improve braking performance.

Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Honda RCV1000R) had another difficult outing, still troubled by the shoulder injury he sustained last year, despite undergoing intensive physiotherapy over the last few weeks.

Honda rider quotes

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda): 1st, 2m 00.039s
“Things went well this afternoon, even though this morning we were still having some issues and I wasn’t able to ride comfortably. I had to stop early in order to make some big changes to the bike, and when we restarted after lunch I felt more comfortable and put in better laps. We focused on the front end and were able to find a good set-up. Tomorrow we will focus on making progress with the rear, because we have to get the new tyre working better and increase grip. If all goes well, then perhaps tomorrow we will be able to do a race simulation.”

Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini): 3rd, 2m 00.500s
“Today we completed a good race simulation: having done it in the afternoon, the track was not in the best condition, but all in all we are pleased with how it went. We have gathered important data and we have seen an improvement with regard to the durability of the rear tyre. Compared to what happened in last year’s race, especially thanks to the new Showa rear suspension items, the bike moves less when the tyre starts to wear out. The front tyre instead starts to slip a little bit after about 15 laps, and this leads to lose the ideal line, therefore we will work to improve this aspect. At the end of the day I also set a very good lap time, the best ever for me on this track, but I’m especially happy for the good work we were able to do. Tomorrow we will continue to work on chassis set-up and refining the electronics, but we are definitely in a good shape.”

Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda): 6th, 2m 00.902s
“Today the track conditions were somewhat better than yesterday but still not comparable with Sepang first test session. It’s tough riding the bike with this heat; however today we kept working on the race-long performance and we are quite happy about our pace. Throughout the day we made several adjustments trying to improve braking stability and, at the end of the day, we gained some good results. Tomorrow we will put all these things together and we will go for a faster lap time”.

Nicky Hayden (Drive M7 Aspar Honda): 14th, 2m 02.008s
“The track is still pretty dirty but the conditions today were slightly better than yesterday when it was particularly slippery, especially in turn one. It was still really hot but we were able to get plenty of work done, mainly on the suspension and general set-up. We also worked a bit on the gearbox although at the moment there is not much for us to try in this area and it is quite time-consuming work. The feeling today was pretty good, we improved the lap times and hopefully we can continue to do that tomorrow through a combination of improving the bike and also my riding. We have a couple of things still to try tomorrow as part of a long run."

Scott Redding (GO&FUN Honda Gresini): 17th, 2m 02.652s
“I’m happy with today’s outcome: we worked a lot on braking stability and now the situation is better than yesterday, therefore I was able to improve my lap times. Tomorrow we will continue to work in this direction, trying other chassis geometry solutions and I hope we can make a further step ahead. In the last day we will also try to refine the electronics.”

Hiroshi Aoyama (Drive M7 Aspar Honda): 18th, 2m 02.786s
“We continued adjusting the suspension today and managed to improve the feeling quite a lot. This wasn’t really reflected in the lap time but we are satisfied with the work we did today. The track conditions were still quite bad but we managed to get a lot of work done and now we have a lot of data to go through and see where we can improve. Maybe we are losing too much time in the fast corners because I don’t have the confidence to get on the gas so tomorrow we will need to try and put that right. At the moment though we are concentrating on getting the bike turning better so we can pick up the corner speed.”

Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Honda RCV1000R): 22nd, 2m 05.188s
“The situation with my shoulder isn’t so good. At least now I can tuck in the arm on the straights, whereas I couldn’t even do that before. The problems are in braking, cornering, exits and changing direction – not so much the pain but a real lack of strength.”

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