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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 reviews first official test at Malaysian circuit and prepares for second runout of 2012 on the RC213V

Six weeks away from the start of the MotoGP World Championship, the Repsol Honda Team will be back in action from next Tuesday through Thursday at the Sepang ciurcuit in Malaysia. Dani Pedrosa has been making the most of the break between the first test at the end of January and this latest runout to improve his fitness, aiming to further adapt to the demands of the Honda RC213V.

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The third and final day of the Official MotoGP™ Test concluded on Thursday at Sepang, with Casey Stoner breaking under the 2 minute mark on just his second lap out to dominate the field by over half a second.

The first on-track MotoGP action of the year concluded on Thursday at the Sepang International Circuit, with the new 1000cc machines noticeably quicker than the 800s of last year as the top four paced under the circuit’s best lap set by Valentino Rossi in 2009.

Casey Stoner was half a second clear of the rest of the field on his Repsol Honda RC213V, with Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa his closest challengers the first part of the day, though an afternoon rain storm halted any attempts to catch up with the World Champion and all lap times from the morning remained unchanged.

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After missing the first day of testing yesterday due to a back strain, World Champion Casey Stoner enjoyed good track conditions on his first outing of 2012. Stoner spent the day doing a chassis comparison between his two RC213V chassis’ and finished the day as the fastest rider with a time of 2’00.895.

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Today the Repsol Honda Team officially kicked off the 2012 MotoGP season with the first of three days testing at the Sepang Circuit, Malaysia

Due to early morning rain, the track conditions were not good enough to go out on track until midday when HRC test rider, Kosuke Akiyoshi performed the first 10 laps on Dani Pedrosa’s bike and then jumped onto Casey Stoner’s machine to complete a further 4 laps and confirm that everything was working well.

Dani set the second fastest laptime of the day with a 2’02.003 and completed a total of 48 laps on a bike similar to the one he tested in Valencia in November.

Dani was the only Repsol Honda rider on track with the new RC213V as current World Champion, Casey, pulled his back whilst warming up and preparing to go on track for the first time this season. The Australian rider received some treatment from a physiotherapist and after resting this evening he will hopefully feel better tomorrow and be able to begin his testing program.

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Reigning MotoGP World Champion to write weekly updates on Repsol sports division site, sharing his opinions and reflections with fans.

2011 MotoGP World Champion, Casey Stoner, will today launch his personal blog through Repsol competition website (www.repsol.com).

With this link between the Australian rider and motorsport fans, Repsol continue to stand out as a reference at the highest level of competition, in which they have been present for over 40 years.

The first Casey Stoner blog will coincide with the start of the 2012 preseason. The first tests will take place tomorrow at Sepang in Malaysia, at which the Repsol Honda Team will be using their new RC213V bike.

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