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Repsol Honda tests Ohlins.

Repsol Honda remained non-committal about the chances of Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso racing with Ohlins suspension, after trying the brand back-to-back with existing Showa parts during Monday's Brno test, while over at Gresini Honda Toni Elias tried a new Showa frotn fork.

The satellite Honda LCR squad is the only RC212V team currently running Ohlins suspension, but Ohlins is already used by all of Honda's MotoGP rivals - Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki and Hayate.

Pedrosa, who had been best of the rest behind Fiat Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi for much of the race weekend - until Lorenzo's late crash promoted him to second position - was once again third fastest behind the factory M1s on Monday.

The Spaniard beat his best race lap by half a second to finish the day 0.125sec behind Rossi and 0.576sec from Lorenzo. Pedrosa set his best time in the morning, before the switch to Ohlin in the afternoon, which was hampered by rain showers.

Nevertheless, Pedrosa felt his Ohlins debut had been 'promising'.

“In the morning we worked on some set-up improvements from the race weekend and we were able to find some more speed,” confirmed Dani. “After lunch we were set to try some new suspension components which we managed to do when the track dried after the rain. Of course it takes time to perfect the set-up when you try new things, but our pace was quite good and the feeling was promising. Overall, this was a worthwhile test.”

Team-mate Dovizioso repeated his race position of fifth at the test, whilst beating his best race lap by 0.23sec to finish just over one second behind Pedrosa.

“It was an interesting day because we tried quite a few set-up options including some different suspension parts, and this was a first for me,” he said of the Ohlins trial. “Because of the limited time, we couldn't evaluate their full potential, but the initial feedback was positive.

“We also continued to work with the set-up for the new swingarm we used this weekend and managed to improve our speed. Honda is working very hard for the remaining races and also for next year, and the team is fully committed,” he insisted.

Meanwhile, Showa - a subsidiary of Honda - indicated it will fight to stay on the MotoGP grid by presenting a new evolution front fork for Elias to try on his factory spec RCV.

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NCR - Unregistered

August 18, 2009 5:34 PM

Elias's detractor's should remember that Honda made him use the unpopular new frame on one bike until recently, (when his results suddenly improved), so he had set up problems with 2 very different bikes, unlike the factory team which reverted to the older chassis. He's now the guinea pig for the latest Showa suspension. Great if it works straight away, but more experimental set up time will be required again. It may not exonerate him completely, but you have to consider these things. We rarely get the full story.


August 18, 2009 3:16 PM

You have to admit, the very fact that they are testing Ohlins over Showa indicates that HRC are serious about improving. Admittedly it's too late this year, but with a stable rider line-up, next year could be better for them. Although I do think Dovi is something of a bust, a good second rider, but no future champion.

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