The Italian is confident
Andrea Dovizioso completed the first MotoGP tests of 2009 with positive feelings.
The Repsol Honda man continued his adaptation to the new bike, evaluating the chassis of his RC212V and working on machine-tyres matching in typical tropical
conditions (with asphalt temperatures reaching 52°C degrees, 32°C the air temperature).
The Italian rider, who last year scored his first MotoGP podium on this track, was Repsol Honda's lone rider on Saturday. Andrea improved his race pace, cutting more than 4 tenths off his lap time from Friday.
“We focused on bike set up and decided the way to follow concerning the chassis. We understood a lot of things during these three days and I'm very confident. We need more work to adapt the machine to the tyres, this is a very important point. Concerning the engine, my feeling is that we need a smoother power delivery”, he said. “Today it was really hot and it was very demanding out there from a physical point of view, especially after a break of more than two months. I did a long run of eleven laps to understand better the machine and the tyres and collect data. All in all, we have done a very good job and everybody in the team is very motivated.”
“I'm satisfied of the work done during these three days of testing, both riders and team worked very well and we have fixed the line to follow for the season.
We did an important step forward”, commented Team Manager Kazuhiko Yamano. “Dani finished his programme yesterday, he understood the bike and the way to follow and Andrea concluded the job today with a long run. The motivation in the team in very high and we look forward to the next test session in Qatar at the beginning of March.”
His team-mate Dani Pedrosa ended the test session yesterday after completing the test programme with confidence and good feelings.
Repsol Honda riders resume testing at Losail, Qatar in three weeks, next 1st, 2nd and 3rd of March.