Repsol Press Release: Interview With Dani Pedrosa

After the first test of the MotoGP season at Sepang, the Repsol media service issued an interview they did with Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa, in which he talked about how the test went, about the parts he tested, and what the plans are for the next test in just over two weeks' time. Here's the interview:

"I've always trusted myself, my confidence never diminished"

The Repsol rider finished the first tests of the year clearly satisfied, recovered from his shoulder injury and showing a great level on the bike

2011 MotoGP Sepang 1 Day 3 Round Up

That a Honda topped the timesheets at the end of the three-day test at Sepang should surprise exactly nobody. Hondas have dominated the timesheets throughout the Sepang test. That a satellite Honda should be fastest would perhaps be a little more surprising, were it not for the fact that Marco Simoncelli's RC212V is a full-fat factory machine with HRC backing.

2011 MotoGP Sepang 1 Combined Times From All Three Days

Now that the first test of 2011 for the MotoGP class at Sepang is over, we can put all of the times together. Below are two tables: one with the best time for each rider from the test, and another with the times for all three days, plus the improvements in their times during the test.

Combined times:

Belgian TV Company Rescues Xavier Simeon's 2011 Moto2 Season

Xavier Simeon has had a wild ride in Moto2 so far. The 21-year-old Belgian spent the 2010 season as a substitute rider for the HolidayGym team, replacing both Fonsi Nieto and Yannick Guerra when they were injured. Those replacement rides turned out very well indeed: Simeon had a couple of very impressive outings on the Moriwaki, scoring an 8th place at Silverstone, and a couple more points at the end of the season.

2011 MotoGP Sepang 1 Day 2 Roundup

Day 2 of the Sepang test saw HRC pick up where they left off yesterday: with five of the top six on Honda RC212Vs, and Repsols in first, second and fourth. Wednesday saw Dani Pedrosa take top spot, getting within a couple of tenths of the pole record. The Spaniard setting the time very early, on just his 4th lap out of the pits when temperatures were still bearable. Yesterday's fastest man, meanwhile, waited until the end of the session to set his fastest time, Casey Stoner jumping from fifth into second as the track began once again to cool.

Failed Dutch TV Deal Brings Molenaar 125cc Team To Brink Of Withdrawal

Sponsorship at all levels of motorcycle racing is a difficult proposition, as witnessed by the fact that the factory Yamaha team, home of the reigning MotoGP world champion, is yet to announce a title sponsorship deal, despite the tens of millions of fans that watch each race live on TV. How much more difficult then is it to find funding for the support classes, where a competitive 125cc entry may cost between 1 and 2 million euros a year, and TV coverage is far more restricted geographically?

2011 MotoGP Sepang 1 Day 1 Roundup

At last, the MotoGP bikes have taken to the track, and to the surprise of absolutely nobody, Casey Stoner was the fastest man at the end of the first day of testing, and by a comfortable margin. But Stoner's time is a little deceptive: set at the end of the day, as the track started to cool, making life a little easier on the tires and quickening the track. At 5pm local time, Stoner was 5th fastest, four tenths off Jorge Lorenzo's time, but four laps later, the Australian had lopped well over three quarters of a second off his best time and had taken over top spot.

Repsol Honda MotoGP Launch: Stoner Hoping To Emulate Doohan

On the eve of the first MotoGP test of 2011, the Repsol Honda team held their launch in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur. There, team boss Shuhei Nakamoto presented Andrea Dovizioso, Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa to the waiting press, and the three riders talked about their hopes for the 2011 season.


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