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Honda Completes Sepang MotoGP Testing

Friday, December 17, 2010
HRC MotoGP test at Sepang ends 2010 on track development work

Jonathan Rea tests the Honda RC212V motogp bike in Sepang.
Jonathan Rea takes a ride on the RC212V.
The HRC MotoGP test team brought curtain down on the 2010 season on-track when they wrapped up the three-day test at Sepang Malaysia today. The test session was scheduled to end yesterday but was extended to include a three-hour session this morning due to time last to heavy rain yesterday afternoon.

The test team and HRC test rider Kousuke Akiyoshi were happy with the data gleaned while verifying information and technical data gathered at the last team test session, held at Valencia in early November.

The HRC test was also a happy experience for Ten Kate Honda World Superbike Championship team rider Jonathan Rea. The Ulsterman was given the opportunity to test the RC212V as a reward for his WSB performances in 2010. Race completed the test alongside Akiyoshi running for 40 laps in fine sunny weather with temperatures close on 30 degrees for the morning session.

Rea said of his first MotoGP experience. "Riding the RC212V has been an unbelievable experience for me! A four days test is a dream that became true and I am really happy that HRC invited me here in Sepang. Yesterday the rain didn't allow us to be on track that much and we stayed one more day. Today I start feeling the bike is "my bike" and I had some good feeling riding it. I hope I have been able to give to the engineers some useful comment, even if my physical
conditions were not the best because my wrist is still not 100%. Now I will have some rest for the End of the Year, and then I will be focused on my job of 2011 that is the World Superbike Championship. Thanks again to everybody in Honda for the great experience!"

While Rea returns to Europe and a well earned rest the HRC engineers will not be resting. The test team heads home to Japan with much valuable data to evaluate as they prepare the next version of the RC212V in time for the first MotoGP test session of the 2011 season. The test will also be held at the Sepang circuit on February 1 – 3.

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GhostRider -2011 RC212V  December 20, 2010 10:59 AM
The Honda may be the bike to have for 2011... Dani already showed us what the bike was able of before he injuried himself! HRC is just refining the machine now... so the other makes better get their stuff right in a hurry for the upcoming tests! Stoner is already very comfortable on the bike... Dani and the other Honda riders better battle like the Fiat Yamaha team did in 2010! Take no prisoners... Let the best rider stand on top of the podium... this is not Formula 1!
charlie toast -2011 season  December 18, 2010 08:33 AM
whichever way it goes, I think it will be a fascinating season, with Stoner and Rossi on new bikes and Spies alongside Lorenzo. Can't wait, and hope that someone uploads Eurosport coverage of the races so I don't need to put up with the "enhanced" SpeedTV coverage!
Greg -2011 champ prediction  December 18, 2010 07:47 AM
Casey Stoner, on the Honda, I'm callin it now, even though I favor Ben Spies.