Repsol Honda Team riders Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso took to the Brno race circuit again today to complete the scheduled day of MotoGP testing that traditionally follows the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic. The day was cut short by rain shortly after 3pm, but the factory Honda
riders still managed to amass some valuable mileage on their RC212V machines.
Dovizioso took the chance to evaluate some new suspension components from Ohlins which are scheduled to be introduced from next year. The Italian also tried several adjustments to the existing Ohlins set-up with encouraging results, and then worked on the electronic settings on his RC212V. In addition, Dovizioso evaluated a modified version of the thumb operated rear brake he tried earlier in the season. His fastest lap time today was a respectable 1m 57.691s.
Fresh from his second place finish in yesterday's race, Pedrosa spent time improving his race set-up before trialing his RC212V with a modified chassis, setting an encouraging lap time of 1m 56.944. Just before lunchtime he had a low-speed fall in turn seven, but he was able to return to the track to continue testing in the afternoon. The rain however prevented Pedrosa from trying the new Ohlins equipment.
With the final test day before the end of the season complete, the Repsol Honda Team will now begin preparations for the trans-Atlantic trip to the USA for the Indianapolis Grand Prix, which takes place on August 29.
"This morning we started with our race set-up from yesterday and made some improvements to the rear grip which could help us in the upcoming races. I had a crash with the race bike late in the morning and took an impact on my chest which might be painful tomorrow, but luckily I was able to get back on the bike this afternoon without any problems. I tested an updated chassis and the initial results were positive, but I had only five laps on it before the rain ended the day for us. We weren't able to test the new Ohlins suspension which is a pity because these were new parts for next year, but overall it was a worthwhile test."
"Today we tested the new Ohlins front forks and shock for next year and we will take a look at the data collected from those runs to verify the results. We also tested this year's Ohlins components with modified settings, and the feeling was good so we'll take those to the next race at Indianapolis. We made some adjustments to the front set-up which has improved the stability. Our plan was also to test some modifications to the electronic controls and we started this, but the rain interrupted us so we didn't get through the full programme. Still, we did some valuable work today which should help us at the upcoming races."