Casey Stoner focuses efforts towards raceday
Friday was a day of contrasts for Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa, as they dominated the opening practice session for the Catalan GP and placed lower down in the afternoon run.
The duo were first and second, respectively, in Free Practice 1, before switching to hard tyres in the second practice. Pedrosa was seventh in the afternoon and Stoner eighth, with their times eeighth and sixth in the combined standings.
The first practice session was almost perfect for the Repsol Honda Team. Casey Stoner was fastest in the session and Dani Pedrosa was just behind, as they were the only riders to go roundin under the 1Ã¢â‚¬â„¢43 mark.
On his last run of the morning, the Australian clocked an impeccable lap, taking the fastest time in each of the sectors for a lap of 1Ã¢â‚¬â„¢42.775. Teammate Dani Pedrosa was just a tenth of a second off his teammate, with his best time coming on his fifth lap.
The second session was affected by high temperatures on track. 29Ã‚ÂºC ambient and 51Ã‚ÂºC track temperature made conditions highly demanding and, whilst most riders went for softer tyres, the Repsol Honda Team went for the hard compound. Pedrosa went 5 thousandths of a second quicker than in the morning, whilst Stoner put in a fastest time of 1Ã¢â‚¬â„¢43.134 from his sixteen laps.
“It’s been nice to have some good weather and consistent conditions. It’s very hot on track and I think everyone is struggling a little on the soft compound tyre. This afternoon we used the harder tyre and they seemed to be a little more consistent. We’re still not very happy with how the bike is feeling and we can certainly improve on that but we’re fairly happy as far as pace is concerned. Everyone seemed to treat this afternoon’s session like it was qualifying, using the softer tyre but in the end this is their choice! There are lots of things to try before qualifying tomorrow, we need to continue working on reducing the chatter and a few other things, but in general we’re pretty happy”.
Source: Repsol Media