|The Grand Prix of Catalunya got underway today with the first day of free
practice and has proved to be, as expected, a demanding test for the riders,
bikes and tyres from the beginning.|
Already very hot in the morning session (26°C), the temperature reached 29ºC in the afternoon and 51ºC on the asphalt, hard conditions which the Repsol Honda riders responded to well.
Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa finished sixth and eighth respectively in the Combined Free Practice Times after dedicating the day mainly to working with the tyres on a critical and special track known for its heavy braking, the long time the bike is on the edge of the tyre and the high temperatures.
Both riders tried the soft rear compound in the morning, but opted to keep the hard one in the afternoon, when other riders began to use the soft tyre at the end of the session.
Casey did his best time in the morning (1'42.775), lapping only four tenths slower in the FP2 (1'43.134), while Dani set almost the same time in both practice sessions (1'42.875 and 1'42.870).
Well I doubt I will ever be brave enough to buy a conversion like this but saw these and the think they look amazing. I find that a great deal of headlight conversion often look tacky and dread it when I hear of angel or demon eyes. These however seem tasteful and do seem to suit the lines of the bike.