The final round of MotoGP testing ahead of the 2010 season commenced today under floodlights at the Losail International Circuit near Doha, the capital city of Qatar. The Repsol Honda Team was back in action at the venue which will host Round One of the World Championship in a little
over three weeks' time, with riders Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso running through a series of tests in preparation for the night race here on Sunday 11 April.
As the sun set over the desert circuit, the factory Honda riders ventured out on track shortly after the pit-lane opened at 6pm to begin their first evening's work. Dovizioso and his crew evaluated a series of settings adjustments to the new-for-2010 Honda RC212V including an updated swingarm and an altered riding position. He finished the day with a best lap time of 1m 56.811s which put the Italian in 6th place.
After a steady start, Pedrosa made progress through the evening as he and his team continued their work in pursuit of the optimum settings for suspension and chassis. The Spaniard tested modified chassis components and reported an improvement during the six-hour test period, with further progress expected tomorrow. He finished the day in 10th place just a quarter of a second behind his team-mate with a best lap of 1m 57.047s.
The Repsol Honda Team will complete another evening at Losail tomorrow, which will mark the end of winter testing and the beginning of the build-up for the eagerly anticipated first race of the season.