Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso finished today's MotoGP test in Qatar in a promising third place to complete a satisfying winter's work for the Italian and his crew. This evening's second testing session under floodlights ran from 6pm to midnight at the Losail International Circuit
near Doha and was the final time the MotoGP riders will be out on track before the opening race of the season here in three weeks' time.
Dovizioso was true to his word from yesterday and continued the impressive progress he and his crew have been making since the new-for-2010 Honda RC212V was unveiled in November last year. Dovizioso improved his lap times by close to one second tonight, bringing his best down to 1m 55.880, which was good enough for third place on the timesheets and just 0.528s behind the top time. The Italian was pleased with the progress he made with fine tuning the bike set-up and weight distribution, and feels in good shape for April's race.
On the other side of the garage things were a little less fruitful for Dovizioso's team-mate, Dani Pedrosa, who, after making a positive start to the evening's testing, wasn't able take the subsequent strides forward he'd hoped for. Working with his crew to find a combination of chassis and suspension settings that would allow him to push to the maximum, the three time World Champion couldn't iron out the handling niggles which held him back yesterday. After just 12 laps he was able to improve his pace to 1m 56.935s early in today's session - a lap time which remained his best when the chequered flag came out tonight. Pedrosa will be targeting a breakthrough early on when the MotoGP teams return to Losail for the first race of the 2010 season.
With winter testing now complete, the Repsol Honda Team will reassemble here once more for the Grand Prix of Qatar which takes place on Sunday 11 April.