Dani Pedrosa made a personal breakthrough in terms of understanding the new Ohlins suspension on his prototype 2010 factory Honda, handing the Spaniard a one-second improvement on his previous best lap to finish the Valencia test in a close second position.
Pedrosa, who won the final race of the season on Sunday, used the final half day of official 2009 track time to focus on familiarity with the new suspension and ended the session just 0.044sec behind fastest man Casey Stoner (Ducati).
“We had a good day out there,” confirmed Pedrosa. “The track conditions were very good and there was a lot of grip, so we were able to improve our speed quite a lot. My feeling with the new suspension really improved today and that was our main focus here. It's a big change because I've been riding with Showa since 2003, so of course it takes a while to get used to something new.
“We didn't spend a lot of time working specifically on adjustments with the new chassis because it was important to concentrate on one thing at a time. At the next test in Sepang in February it will be a good opportunity to concentrate on the chassis.
“My focus now is to take some rest and then prepare as best I can for 2010. We need to start the season at full strength - in terms of me physically and the machine package. That's what the whole team will be working on through the winter,” he added.
Team-mate Andrea Dovizioso, who hurt his hip on Tuesday, also found a significant improvement in time, cutting 0.721sec from his best Tuesday lap for fourth out of the twelve riders present on Wednesday.
“Today we confirmed some of the setting improvements we found yesterday, and we also tested some solutions that we couldn't get round to yesterday because of my crash,” he explained. “I improved my lap time and I was able to go faster than during the whole race weekend, so this is positive. All in all I'm very confident because I could lap at 1m 32.8 at the end of today's session, and this lap time is as good as race pace.
“The stability while braking has improved and I think that we are working in the right direction, though we still need to take a step forward. For instance, we can still improve the drivability on the exit of corners and that's something we'll work on in February.”
The first test of 2010 will be held on February 3-5 at Sepang in Malaysia.