2011 Valencia Post-Race Day 1 Test Press Release Round Up

Press releases from some of the teams after the first day of the MotoGP test at Valencia:


Hector Barbera after the first day of testing at Valencia: "I am very happy with this new adventure with the Pramac Racing and the Ducati 1000cc. The bike, compared to last year's one that we used on last Sunday's race has changed a lot. We can feel a lot that the engine is more powerful, and from my point of view is much more fun to ride on track. The new chassis improves the handling of the bike. The bike reacts much better while entering and going through the corners and this helps me a lot. The first impression is good and the bike gives me more confidence. Tomorrow we are back on track! "

Yamaha Completes First Day of Valencia Test

Yamaha Factory Racing rider Ben Spies completed the first of two days of testing this afternoon of the 1000cc YZR-M1 at Valencia. The first day of testing focused on two different engine specifications, tomorrow's test will focus on two differing frame and geometry settings. Spies ended the day third fastest with a best time of 1'33.226 after completing 73 laps.

Ben Spies - Position : 3rd Time: 1'33.226 Laps: 73

"We weren't too worried about lap times today, we made a lot of small changes to the bike including geometry changes, electronics etc to make the bike as comfortable as possible. Tomorrow we'll try a different chassis spec so we can choose which one to go forward in. We confirmed which direction to go with in power delivery today which is good. This is testing so we never got close to the limit with the bike; it's about riding at 90% consistently to test the motorcycle. When we get the full package next year in Sepang we'll go closer to the limit. I can't complain about the engine power though, we don't need any more. It's a shame my team mate Jorge is not here today, I know that whatever you give him he can go fast on it! I'm looking forward to getting his feedback as well when we test together in Sepang."

Test Times

Ricardo Tormo Valencia Record Lap

C.Stoner (Ducati) 2008, 1'32.582

Ricardo Tormo Valencia Best Lap

V.Rossi (Yamaha) 2006, 1'31.002


Valencia, 8 November: one day after the last round of 2011 season, the preparation for 2012 season got underway today at Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia with premier class riders out on track for the first official test aboard the 1000cc machines.

Following the HRC request, LCR Honda MotoGP Team has welcomed new Moto2 World Champion Stefan Bradl in their garage for a day of testing aboard the RC212V. The 22-year German racer enjoys his outing aboard the Honda machinery posting the 9th fastest lap time of the day and will be back on track tomorrow for the last testing day at the Spanish surface.

At the end of the test session, LCR Honda will resume their negotiations with Honda and their own sponsors to settle their racing plan for 2012 season.

De Puniet impresses at Valencia test

Publish Date: Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Rizla Suzuki gave an impromptu test to French MotoGP racer Randy de Puniet and he wasted no time impressing the team onboard the GSV-R

Suzuki gave de Puniet the opportunity to test the 800cc prototype bike at Valencia today to get another rider's feedback on the machine and the Frenchman responded by recording the fourth quickest time of the day. De Puniet only took a few laps to make himself comfortable aboard the Suzuki GSV-R and continued to improve on his lap-times as the day progressed. His best time of 1'33.544 was recorded on his 35th lap as he ended the day completing 55 circulations of the 4,005m Valencia circuit.

Today's test was held in sunny, dry and warm conditions, in complete contrast to the weather that the MotoGP paddock had to face during the Grand Prix weekend. Today's best lap was recorded by Dani Pedrosa on a new Honda 1000cc machine.

The Valencian test signals the end of the 2011 MotoGP season - the first Grand Prix of 2012 is scheduled for Losail in Qatar on Sunday 15th April.

Randy de Puniet:

"I am very happy with the job I have done today and would like to thank Rizla Suzuki for giving me this opportunity. One hour before I rode the bike I didn't know I was going to be on it, so I had to modify old leathers to remove the wrong brands! I had a good day and am very happy with the lap-time and position. The staff are very professional and it has been nice to have this day and to work with them. I was very impressed with the bike and I felt comfortable immediately and enjoyed it a lot. I would like to ride it next year, I'm not the boss, but I hope I did a good job for everybody! I think the bike has good potential and also the feeling with everybody in the team was good and this is the most important thing for me – to feel at home.

"I would like to say thank-you to my manager for pushing so hard to get me this opportunity, to Pramac for allowing me to take it and to Sahara san, Paul, Tom and the GSV-R for such a good day!"

Paul Denning – Team Manager:

"We took this opportunity today to test with Randy because the bike has changed quite a lot over the year, and with John's bad luck in Brno and Malaysia we didn't get the chance to get the further feedback from a rider other than Álvaro. With that in mind it was an opportunity to properly test the 2012 Bridgestone tyres and receive detailed comments on the Rizla Suzuki GSV-R from another perspective. Frankly speaking we didn't expect the result, but we are really pleased to see that Randy enjoyed the bike so much, was able to get a good feeling immediately and was very fast and consistent, as well as giving excellent technical feedback. I would like to say thank-you to him - I was very impressed with what he did today."

Repsol Honda Team leads the way on the first day of Valencia Test with the new RC213V

Repsol Honda riders Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa were back in action at Valencia circuit today on the new RC213V. Dani Pedrosa set the fastest lap time with 1'32.186 on his final lap of 40 and Casey Stoner who did 42 laps, finished closely behind him with a 1'32.322, recorded on lap 34.

The 1000cc prototype included some new parts after feedback from both factory riders when they tested the bike in Brno in August. HRC test rider Kosuke Akiyoshi also joined the Repsol Honda riders in a perfect day for testing, with temperatures reaching 20 degrees and no wind.

DANI PEDROSA – 1st 1'32.186

"It's been a good day for testing after so much rain! The track conditions were good which allowed us to work well on the bike and get the first feeling with the new RCV. We made a step forward from August, when I first tried the bike in Brno which is a good thing: we modified the front end a little and I felt the corner entry is better, also under braking. I'm quite satisfied, not because of the lap times but more for the feeling I had. It was a bike test but also a rider test, I feel it's like a schooling for me also and I enjoyed it. Not only the bike is new, also the tyres are different for these bikes, the engine is new, you have more power and more torque. We've been riding 800cc quite a long time and I feel that I need to adapt my riding style a little and it's interesting. It's more fun, in general".

CASEY STONER – 2nd 1'32.322

"Everything has gone pretty well for us we're struggling a little bit with the new tyres, we're finding they are giving us a little bit of chatter on the bike. We compared the bike that we tested in Jerez and Brno to the newer version we have here and we found quite a lot of improvements in some small ways with chattering but we still need to work on this some more. In general it was good to be out there on the 1000 and feel the horsepower, it's a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to feeling it on a lot of different tracks!".


The clouds finally cleared in Valencia today, allowing the MotoGP riders to take full advantage of the seven-hour-long first of two days of testing.

Valentino Rossi started the important work of collecting information in preparation for the 2012 winter test season, trying out a long list of setups with the team, under the supervision of Technical Director Filippo Preziosi.

Nicky Hayden made a late decision not to take part in the test, due to injuries incurred when he was taken out in the first turn during Sunday's Grand Prix. X-rays to his right hand shortly after the fall proved negative, but an MRI today revealed non-displaced fractures to his scaphoid and radial styloid.

Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team) 6th, 1:33.857

"This bike is nicer to ride than the 800, even if we're only just starting our work. You can say that it's improved in some respects, while in others, it's very similar to the other bike, but that's exactly what we expected. We know we're doing preparatory work for the bike that we'll use in the 2012 winter tests, which are very important. The engine seems to be pretty good already. It's fast, although I never really found myself with the others to do a direct comparison. On the other hand, I'm a little slower in mid-corner, and we also have to try to improve rear grip because for now, we're not able to get the power to the ground and take full advantage of it. But it's not bad for a first taste, and the really important thing is that we can work more freely, changing the bike's balance, the weight distribution, the measurements, and whatever we need as we prepare for the important next three months of work."

Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team)

"This morning I put my leathers on to go out, but I was still pretty uncomfortable. I went to the mobile clinic for a painkiller, and when I got there, the doctor said it would be better to get a proper scan. They set me up for an MRI at a local clinic, and the fractures were pretty clear. After talking to the doctor and my physiotherapist, we decided not to ride, even though we do have some stuff we'd like to test for Ducati. The scaphoid is a unique bone, and if you mess with it, it can take a long time to heal because it gets limited blood supply. I just have to be smart and watch the test. We'll get some more opinions and decide whether to get surgery."

Karel Abraham tries out the new Ducati Desmosedici GP12 for the first time

First opportunity to try out the new Ducati Desmosedici GP12 had Cardion AB Motoracing rider Karel Abraham during the first day of the official MotoGP test at Valencia.

While most of the riders already had their first experiences on board the developing prototypes with 1 000cc engine and were therefore immediately into their rhythm, the twenty one years old Czech rider completed a few laps to make himself comfortable on board the Ducati Desmosedici GP12, but then made significant progress and set a best time of 1:34,393, which placed him to the tenth position.

Karel Abraham, who completed 61 laps and finished 2,207 seconds behind the fastest rider Dani Pedrosa, said: "It wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. A lot of things are different on the bike and I have to get used to them, but I like the new bike and I believe it has good potential."

"We had a lot of problems, especially with the grip of the tyres. At the beginning we also had problems with the clutch and then we had to change the set-up of electronics several times," Karel Abraham, who finished just 0,536 seconds behind the nine times world champion Valentino Rossi, continued. "We compared the gathered data with those collected from the factory team and we figured out that we have almost the same problems."

Referring to the second day of the official MotoGP test at Valencia, Karel Abraham added: "I hope that we will solve the problems we had and we will be able to improve our lap times."


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