With Elias fifth overall
Toni Elias and Alex De Angelis have completed the first test session of the 2009 season on the Malaysian race track.
Despite the strong humidity and the high temperatures, Toni Elias and Alex De Angelis took the best from the last day of
test and continued the search for the best settings for the new machine.
Amazing performance of Toni Elias who keeps learning the new RC212V factory spec with very positive feeling. Elias was the fastest amongst the Honda riders and fifth overall at the end of the day.
“I'm very happy as we improved day by day. We started the work on a completely new machine and the feeling was good since the very first day. We still have to do lot of runs on the track but the direction we are working is good. Nice atmosphere in the garage …really a great team”, he commented.
Good work also for Alex De Angelis who significantly dropped his lap time of yesterday. Alex improved the feeling with the bike and was very happy about the way he is working with the team.
“Today we made a further step forward and I'm very glad about this. Today's pace was significantly faster with a better feeling with the machine. We focused on the machine setting and the tires. The new 2009 technical package needs a different work but I think we are in the right direction. I'm very motivated ….surely still a lot of work to reduce the gap from the first riders but I can't wait to be in Qatar for the next test”, he said.
"I'm definitively happy. It has been a very positive test, thanks to the hard work of the team and the good material prepared by HRC”, added Team Manager Fausto Gresini. “I couldn't wait to see the new RC212V on track and at the end I was very excited to see that day by day our lap time was faster and faster and the gap from the first riders always smaller. Both the riders and the team are very motivated and after this test we are even more optimistic for this MotoGP season."
The San Carlo Honda Gresini Team's riders will be on track again in Qatar from the 1st to the 3rd of March.