Press releases from the Repsol Honda, Yamaha Factory Racing and LCR Honda teams after the two-day test at the Motorland Aragon circuit:
Repsol Honda Team conclude Aragon Test
The Repsol Honda Team completed another busy day of testing at Motorland Aragon today. Dani Pedrosa covered 238,6 kilometres, 47 laps, with a best lap time of 1'48.499. Jonathan Rea did 314,8 kilometres - a total of 62 laps and recorded a fastest lap of 1'50.057.
Today Dani, who set the fastest time of the test with 1'47.983 yesterday, tried a new exhaust looking to improve the power delivery of the engine on his RC213V and he also tested a modified rear shock to increase grip.
Jonathan, who will head to Germany tonight for the WSBK Championship this weekend in Nurburgring, took another step on the MotoGP machine working to improve his feeling with the RC213V and the Bridgestone tires.
The Repsol Honda Team hope to take advantage of the results from this test for the last 6 last races of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship. Dani will arrive in Misano next week in good form and second in the Championship, 13 points off the leader, and Jonathan will make his debut with the Repsol Honda Team on a race weekend replacing the injured Casey Stoner.
DANI PEDROSA 2nd 1'48.499
"Today I tested a new exhaust, just to see if we can get a better drivability from the engine and we found some positives that can help us in the next races. We also tried a different rear shock to get more grip. In general it's been a positive test, so I'm happy about the work we did and now we are focusing on the next races, where we will try to maintain the same level. We were not looking for a lap time here, but on working on improving the bike. It's been good to be back testing after the last two good races in Indy and Brno and now it's time to recover some energy to go to Misano and push again to the maximum".
JONATHAN REA 5th 1'50.057
"I'm happy with the test we did here in Aragon. Now we're not looking at the lap times so much, but the gap to the front which is decreasing every test, so I'm happy with that. Yesterday we did a lot of work with the base setting and we confirmed that this morning. I'm still not completely happy finishing the corner, but this afternoon I did a long run and my fastest lap came at the end, so I need to push these tyres much harder and it's a question of trust. It's been a good opportunity to test before the race; the Repsol Honda Team gave me the best opportunity, knowing the bike and the circuit and I am constantly learning. Now I'm going to Germany to race in Superbikes this weekend, so it will be a busy peri od for me but I will try to take advantage of it and enjoy it as much as I can".
BRADL HIT ARAGON CIRCUIT FOR 2-DAY PRIVATE TEST
Aragon, 5th September: LCR racer Stefan Bradl concluded today a private test session at Aragon race track together with Repsol Honda Team and Factory Yamaha Racing racers in preparation for the forthcoming rounds.
The German coped with two-day busy schedule seeking the correct set-up for the Spanish surface which hosts the GP at the end of the month and lapped the circuit aboard the HRC new prototype supplying HRC engineers with feelings and data for the next season.
Stefan: “I am exhausted but very happy. We worked a lot in the last two days but we found a new set-up which makes me very positive for the future races. We improved in different areas gaining more rear grip and corner speed. I can easily say that this is the most productive test we had so far. HRC required me to lap the circuit on the new prototype and I was pleased to give them my impressions of the next season machine”.
Yamaha Complete Successful Two-Day Aragon Test
Alcañiz (Spain), 5th September 2012
Yamaha Factory Racing riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies today completed the second of two days of testing at the Aragon circuit in Spain. Current Championship leader Lorenzo spent the first of the two days testing chassis settings and day two a different engine specification along with general bike settings to prepare for the Aragon Grand Prix later in the month. Team mate Spies worked throughout the two-day test to improve both the general base set up of the YZR-M1 and also to focusing on specific race set up and tyre life for the Aragon Grand Prix. Both riders wrapped up the test this afternoon with a race simulation run.
Lorenzo completed 64 laps yesterday and 77 today, wrapping up the day as the fastest rider with a time of 1'48.351. Spies completed 95 laps yesterday and a further 76 today, ending third fastest with a time of 1'48.946.
“Today was a very long day, we made a race simulation at the end of the session so I feel very tired but it was necessary to see the performance of the rear tyre. In general we leave here with happiness and confidence as we’ve been one second faster than last time. We need to try and improve consistency over race distance here.”
“We basically tested the bike over race distance here and completed a race simulation to set the bike up with a focus on the end of the race. We worked on some different fork and shock settings and a little bit of electronics but nothing major. We were mainly fine-tuning the bike and the results seem good. I’m positive for the rest of the year. The package we have now was good over the race simulation so I’m optimistic for the race.”