Pedrosa still working to fix chattering problems
The MotoGP riders’ first action of 2012, a three-day test at Malaysia’s Sepang Circuit came to an end today. The two Repsol Honda Team riders leave the test confident after a positive trio of days. Dani Pedrosa was third quickest with a lap of 2’00.256 and was satisfied with the work carried out in Malaysia. Dani concentrated on braking and also the electronics management system.
This has been a productive first test for the Repsol Honda Team. HRC engineers will now return to Japan with feedback from both riders and the team will return to Sepang for the second test on February 28th.
Dani Pedrosa 3rd at 0.649 sec. 24 laps, 133 km.
“Three days testing here in Malaysia is very tiring. This morning when I woke up I was pretty sore and stiff, but once I got running I was a little bit better. Anyway, it’s been worth it to do a general test of the engine, chassis and tyres and overall it is the biggest test we have done on this bike and we have good data to analyse and can start to build up points we need for the second test.
As I said yesterday, the biggest point to improve is on braking, and we are also working on the electronics to improve the management of the power and the grip level. The chatter is still there, I know it’s something very difficult to fix, but I’m sure Honda is working hard on it. In general, it’s been a positive test for us and we will come back here in three weeks with new ideas.
This bike is physically more demanding, you feel the power in the acceleration, the speed under hard braking and also the extra weight, but it’s alright. I will keep working hard physically to prepare for the second test”.
Source: Repsol Media