Pedrosa tops Day 1, news coming for Spies
5 September 2012 – On Tuesday, Dani Pedrosa kept up his run of momentum by topping the first of two days of MotoGP testing at MotorLand Aragón. In what is a private outing for Honda and Yamaha, the Spaniard worked on tyres and mapping en route to a best lap time of 1:47.983 - which was inside the official lap record for the Alcañiz track. Moving into Wednesday, the Sabadell rider will focus on suspension settings.
On-track were the factory teams of Honda and Yamaha as well as LCR Yamaha. At the works Repsol squad, Jonathan Rea enjoyed a second outing on Casey Stoner’s machine with a view to subbing for the injured Australian over the coming rounds. Without adjusting the setup, the Northern Irishman was three seconds off the pace.
“Today I was just getting a good feeling between me and the machine because it still feels very strange,” Rea admitted. “I had to work a lot on my braking style; normally, in Superbikes, I don't use so much rear brake, but here it seems that I have to learn to use it in every corner! It’s very different for me. I feel comfortable on the bike, the riding position is good, but I just need to understand how the traction control is working, what happens when the tyres drop down and to be more comfortable with the setup.”
Lorenzo was half a second slower than the leading lap time as he and Yamaha ran their 2013 bike, with more new components coming on Wednesday.
“We tried the new chassis,” he said. “So far we haven’t found a positive or a negative thing. We have to keep trying and do more laps to see. Tomorrow we are going to try the new engine. Maybe this will give us a little bit more power. This is our weaker point – we are losing almost five kilometres per hour to Dani. Dani is also very light, but for sure his engine is a little bit faster. In general we are quite happy because we improved our lap time by half a second compared to the previous one a few months ago.”
Stefan Bradl was riding for LCR as second works Yamaha rider Ben Spies reminded the press that news on his plans for next year will come ‘this week’.