With just one more test remaining before the start of the 2009 MotoGP season, Andrea Dovizioso remains concerned about several aspects of his new Repsol Honda.
The Italian, now steering development of the RC212V following Dani Pedrosa's Qatar accident, finished the night test just eighth fastest and 1.7sec behind Ducati's Casey Stoner.
''We have some small problems, it's true” said the former 125cc world champion, during an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport
. “Mainly with stability at the rear and the power delivery of the engine. We also need to find more grip. We are slow on corner entry and in the cold and damp conditions at Qatar the motorcycle slid a lot.”
Dovizioso, who took one podium on his way to fifth place as a rookie in the 2008 MotoGP championship for JiR Team Scot, is now waiting for Honda to respond. However, Pedrosa's desire to avoid big changes to this year's RCV could influence the technical modifications.
''I am waiting for a more competitive package: I do not know how much will depend on Pedrosa and how much on Honda,” he said. “From what I understand, he [Pedrosa] does not want big changes.”
“I am happy with the improvements we have received [so far from Honda], but they are slow,” Dovizioso added. “It is necessary to be more reactive.”
Pedrosa and manager Alberto Puig had a somewhat 'frosty' relationship with the Spaniard's previous Repsol team-mate, Nicky Hayden, and Andrea indicated he currently has little contact with the six-time MotoGP race winner.
“We do not exchange information, but we each have access to all the data,” he said.
The final 2009 pre-season MotoGP test takes place at Jerez from March 28-29, although Pedrosa - recovering from knee and forearm surgery - is unlikely to be present.