Casey: “Long Way To Go” After Brno FP1 & FP2
The return to competition after the short summer holidays saw the best version of the Repsol Honda Team riders, who were among the top five during the whole day, with Dani Pedrosa firmly on the lead of the times sheet. His team mate Casey Stoner was the only one able to get close to the impressive times of the Spaniard, who at the end of the day was one second ahead of the third rider of the team, Andrea Dovizioso.
From the first moments of this first practice day at the Czech Republic, the three riders of the Repsol Honda Team were among the top five fastest riders on this track. Pedrosa, showing a huge physical improvement from the previous rounds, was immediately competitive, being the first rider to set a time under 1 minute and 57 seconds. In the first session he finished only two tenths away from the track record, almost one second ahead of the second, Casey Stoner.
The Australian was the only rider able to get close to his team mate in the second free practice session, where he also got under the 1 minute 57 seconds mark. Pedrosa showed his good relationship with one of his favourite tracks, keeping a consistent pace at 1 minute and 56 seconds, a time he was able to set seven times.
Stoner finished 377 thousandths behind, while Andrea Dovizioso stopped the clock 1 second and 87 thousandths behind Pedrosa and finished fifth in both sessions. Undoubtedly a great start of the Czech Republic Grand Prix for the Repsol Honda Team riders.
FP1 – 1:57.294, 14 laps, 76 km.
FP2 – 1:56.831, 15 laps, 81 km.
“Today hasn’t been that positive to be honest, we seem to be having a similar start to our weekend in Laguna and aren’t sure which direction to take at the moment. The feeling in the front is very vague, our corner entry and mid-turn isn’t that great.
We also need to find a lot more grip in the rear as I’m struggling on the edge of the tyre and exit of the corner. We have a long way to go before I feel happy with the set up and there are many areas we can improve, so tomorrow we will be trying a lot of different things on both bikes and prepare as best we can for Qualifying”.