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1st – Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing), 1’54.634  
“I am really happy with tonight’s result. I had to push more than 100% to make pole position but I pushed to the limit and managed to make a perfect lap. We still have to improve the power on the straight and our maximum speed but in the rest of the track the bike is working really well. Tomorrow will be a tough race and tyres will be very important I think. A big thank you to Yamaha and my team for giving me such a good bike!”

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1st – Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing), 1’55.302    
“I am very happy with today because we improved a lot on yesterday’s lap time. I’m also happy for Cal in second, the bike seems much better than last year for us. I think we have even more potential for improvement tomorrow. We still have a few issues to solve, especially corner entry, but we manage to keep a good pace. I’m going to try my hardest for qualifying tomorrow and see what we can do”.

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1st – Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda), 1’56.474
“The track tonight wasn’t so bad, I expected the conditions to be much worse but in general it was ok. We started this evening with huge chatter issues and I was a little afraid we couldn’t fix this but after a few more exits we managed to reduce it to a more comfortable level. This is a positive point for the weekend but with such a short session and then nothing until tomorrow it’s slightly strange. It was an ok start tonight, we finished quickest which is good but we’ll have to wait until tomorrow for some real track time and with the conditions a little better and see where we are”.

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Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa, Marc Márquez and Maverick Viñales head event for riders competing under the energy company banner this season

The Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid was packed with 9,000 fans this Saturday, as they enjoyed the Repsol Team 2012 presentation. Repsol Honda Team MotoGP riders Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa, Moto2 star Marc Márquez and Repsol Moto3 talents Maverick Viñales & Miguel Oliveira took part in the event, which featured music, a light show and magic. The presentation concluded with the surprise appearance of reigning World Champion Stoner onboard the new Honda RC213V.

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The Repsol Honda team leave Sepang circuit in satisfaction of a job well done.

Casey Stoner set the fastest time of the day with a flying lap of 2’00.473 and team mate Dani Pedrosa recorded the second fastest time with a lap of 2’00.648, just 0.175 from Stoner.

Despite missing yesterday, the two Repsol Honda riders have been able to complete their testing program planned for Malaysia. Casey and Dani spent the test working on their RC213V chassis’, focusing on reducing the chattering and both reported a slight improvement.

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At the end of the second IRTA preseason tests, the main character of the MotoGP class is again the Australian Repsol Honda rider.
Casey Stoner set the fastest lap of the three days of testing with a best time of 2’00.473.

Dani Pedrosa jumped into the second place in the last hour of testing and just 0.175 ahead his team mate.
Surprisingly Andrea Dovizioso finished the three days of testing with the third fastest time (+0.329) and with the honour to be the first Yamaha rider.
Jorge Lorenzo who had been the shadow of Stoner during the test, doesn’t went on track in the last hour of the test, so he couldn’t improve when lots of riders made their best.

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Engine checks on Pedrosa’s bike —which yesterday had a fault— and a fierce storm postpone testing in Sepang until tomorrow.

Due to an engine failure on Dani Pedrosa’s RC213V machine yesterday, HRC sent the engine to Japan for analysis.

The feedback after the investigation was positive; however it arrived after lunch when the Sepang circuit was drenched by heavy rain, so unfortunately the Repsol Honda riders were unable to take to the track.

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Repsol rider, unstoppable in first test, returns to Sepang to perfect RC213V setup

Repsol rider and new father Casey Stoner goes back to Malaysia with plenty of motivation to carry on topping the timesheets from which he was unshakeable last month. He will be on track for three days in the official test, adjusting the setup of his Repsol Honda RC213V to his riding style.

The testing trip follows a few days in which the reigning World Champion has been spending time with his wife, Adriana, and newborn baby girl Alexandra (Ally). The Australian has been combining family time with intense fitness preparation in order to keep up the form that he showed just a few weeks ago at Sepang.

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In his first year as a member of the Repsol Honda team, Stoner was untouchable. Other than being knocked down in the Spanish Grand Prix, Stoner was on the podium in every race. In a 17-race season, he tied the record for pole positions with 12 and won 11 times. The most important victory came in his home grand prix at Phillip Island. In front of his fellow countrymen and family, Stoner closed the 800cc era as he’d opened it, by winning the MotoGP World Championship. Not only did he win the Australian Grand Prix for the fifth time in a row, but he did it on his 26th birthday. The best is surely still to come.

And not only on the race track. Following his dominant performance in the season-opening test in Sepang from Jan. 31 through Feb. 2, Stoner returned to his European base in Lausanne, Switzerland to be with his wife Adriana to await the birth of their first child. At 9:55 p.m. on Feb. 16, Casey and Adriana welcomed their daughter, Alessandra Maria Stoner. Now, after a few weeks of fatherhood, Stoner is preparing to returning to Sepang for the second MotoGP test of the 1000cc era.

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Reigning MotoGP World Champion, Casey Stoner, prepares for his second season in Repsol and Honda colours onboard the 1000cc RC213V

After winning the world championship in his first season as a Repsol Honda Team rider, the title holder is ready to defend his crown in a season of novelties both professional and personal. On track in the 2012 season, Casey Stoner will have to adapt to the new MotoGP regulations and his new tool of the trade, the RC213V. Away from the circuits, the Australian is just weeks away from becoming a father for the first time.

First of all, how are you doing? After the long winter wait to get back on the bike, you weren’t able to ride on the opening day of the three in Sepang…
“After the winter break and a long time off the bike, we were preparing in order to be ready for day one of testing. Unfortunately I had a problem with my back and we missed that opening day. We had our schedule planned out for the three days, but we were able to pack it all into two in the end. I was a little bit disappointed, but then I felt really good when I was able to get back riding and experience the feeling of being on track again. Everything went pretty well and I hope that we can improve.”

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