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Interview with Dani Pedrosa

The Spanish rider for the Repsol Honda Team has been at his most consistent so far this season, stepping onto the podium at nine of the ten races contested to date and taking victory at the German Grand Prix. Second in the standings, Pedrosa will rest up during the two-week summer break and think about the remaining eight Grands Prix that will decide the MotoGP World Championship for 2012. He remains one of the strongest candidates for the title.
You’re second in the World Championship and 19 points off the lead at the halfway stage. Is the season going as expected?
"It’s gone well. We have got good results and everything has been fairly balanced. We’ve lacked a few more wins, so hopefully we can improve the number of victories in the remainder of the season".
In a year in which consistency has been your foundation, what stands out to you about your performances so far, and what do you need to improve?
"The truth is that improvement is very difficult, because the compet…

Casey wins in Laguna with Dani 3rd, marking Repsol Honda's 300th podium

The Repsol Honda Team leaves Laguna Seca very happy and ready for a well deserved summer break. Casey Stoner took his fourth win of 2012 and Dani Pedrosa, third, celebrating his ninth podium in ten races, a successful combination that allows the Repsol Honda Team to celebrate the 300th podium in the premier class.

After a difficult weekend trying to make the hard tyre work on his RC213V, Casey took a risky tyre choice just before leaving for the grid, opting for the soft rear, while Dani and Lorenzo took the hard. It was a good move for Casey to increase his confidence at a circuit he likes a lot and where only he and Wayne Rainey have won three times in the top class. Dani was unable to keep up with the pace of Casey and Lorenzo, but still managed to record a new fastest race lap on lap 5 with 1'21.229.

With this victory, Casey celebrates his 37th premier class win equalling Mike Hailwood and is joint 4th in overall premier class victories behind Rossi (79), Agostin…

Double front row start for Repsol Honda Team in Laguna Seca

Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa qualified second and third respectively for tomorrow's Red Bull US Grand Prix and it's the fifth time this season the riders share the first row of the grid.

It was a very busy session for both Repsol Honda riders after they sat out the morning's free practice due to the fog and cold temperatures at Laguna Seca.

Casey spent most of the session working on hard tyres and kept the softer slicks for the last five minutes, when he managed to improve his lap times by almost half a second and take second place on the grid with 1'20.628, just 0.074 second from the pole.

Dani, instead, went out with the soft rear on his first exit and set a fast lap time of 1'20.906 that secured him the third slot before start working on race pace.

Casey, who will use the new engine, and Dani, who has chosen the new engine and chassis for tomorrow's race, are confident to fight in front and maintain a high pace in the tough 32 lap race.CASEY …

Pedrosa fastest in Laguna Seca with Stoner in third position

It was a good start for the Repsol Honda Team in Laguna Seca. Both riders had their first outing on the challenging American track also taking the opportunity to try some new parts in this morning's session.

Dani found pace very quickly and after two runs with his 'standard' bike, he swapped to the new one he first tried in the Mugello test, with new engine and new chassis, to set the fastest time (1'21.424), less than 1 tenth off the circuit record (1'21.376, Casey Stoner 2010). Casey also did his last run with the new engine mounted on his 'standard' chassis, which he feels more familiar with, and also improved his lap time to finish third with a fastest lap of 1'21.829, 4 tenths off his team mate.

The action continues in Laguna Seca with the second free practice scheduled at 14h10 local time (23h10 C.E.T).DANI PEDROSA1st 1'21.424"We had a pretty good start of the weekend. The times has been fast from the beginning and we got int…

Repsol Honda Team to receive new engine and chassis for Laguna Seca

The Repsol Honda Team crosses the Atlantic Ocean this week and heads to California to participate in the first race of the season in America. The Red Bull US Grand Prix in Laguna Seca will be the tenth round of the 2012 MotoGP World Championship, the fourth race in five weeks and the last race for the teams and riders before the summer break.

HRC have been very productive since Mugello and have prepared the new parts that both Dani and Casey tested on the Monday test. In Laguna, Dani Pedrosa will have a new engine and chassis as he requested, and Casey will have the new engine in the standard chassis which he feels more comfortable with.

Laguna Seca is a very particular track, the shortest of the Championship, quite bumpy, technical and physically very demanding, not only due to the high temperatures that can easily reach up to 30 degrees but also because of the tiresome 32 lap race.

Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner, second and third respectively after the first half of the Championship,…

Max Biaggi Suomy Repsol Helmet

Here is my new Helmet. Its the SUOMY Spec 1R Biaggi helmet which is in the colours he had when he rode a Repsol. The lid is stunning in real life.

Gilles Gear Shaft Support (Shiftholder) SHIHO SC59

Here is the Gilles shiftholder SHIHO SCC59 that I recieved today. This has been made specially for the Honda Fireblade SC59 for years 2008-2012. The shiftholder is designed to assist in smoother gear changes which can only be a good thing. Many know that sometimes a gear change on the blades gearbox can be a little clunky.

As you can see from the photo, its a very small well built unit which weighs just 25.7 grams. It has needle bearings which help make gear changes easy. It comes with an M6x20 socket bolt which weighs just 6.1 grams. Even for a weight loss fan, I can afford to add 31 grams for slicker changes.
The fitting instructions are clear and easy to follow and works with standard and Gilles rearsets.
I'll post an update when its fitted but looking great so far!

Carbon Clock bracket

I received my carbon fibre clock bracket from carbomoto. This is the street version that comes with reinforcements that allow mirrors to be installed. Its about half the weight of the standard item and looks fantastic!

Carbon tank protector fitted to new 2011 tank

Here is a pic of the genuine carbon fibre tank protector fitted. I had the genuine Honda one , which was actually fake carbon fibre. This is the real deal and what Honda should have made in the first place.

Nice day time for some cleaning

Here are a couple of pics from todays ride out. Its had a clean and some titanium replacement bolts fitted. I have finally relocated the alarm led to under the tail so will descretely flash in the dark. I have also fitted the HRC subframe stickers.The news tank is on so put along side a 2011 Repsol edition, it would look identical.

A great custom Repsol helmet

Repsol Robert from Sarasota Florida sent me these pics of his custom helmet. Repsol Robert for those who don't, know had the first and finest custom repsol 2008 CBR1000RR.

Positive steps in Mugello Test for Repsol Honda Team

After three demanding weeks, with consecutive races in the Netherlands, Germany and Italy, the Repsol Honda Team have concluded with a positive day of testing at the Mugello circuit.

The Honda factory team were back on track this morning to test a new engine and a new prototype that HRC has developed, aiming improve performance of the RC213V.

Dani Pedrosa did 51 laps with a best time of 1'47.549, two tenths under the circuit record he set in Sunday's race (1'47.705) and Casey Stoner completed 47 laps with a fastest time of 1'47.551, just two thousandths off his team mate.

Both riders reported some positive feedback and the HRC engineers now have valuable data from the factory riders to take back to Japan for evaluation.

The Repsol Honda Team can now enjoy a small break before taking to the track in Laguna Seca for the US Grand Prix on the 29th July.DANI PEDROSA2nd 1'47.549"We tested many things today and I'm happy because we found some posit…

Podium for Pedrosa, difficult 8th for Stoner

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa took an important second position in the Grand Prix of Italy, but team mate Casey Stoner could only manage 8th in a warm race at Mugello circuit, where air temperatures reached 25ºC and track temperatures 45ºC.

Dani made a good start but was unable to hold off Lorenzo who led every lap from of the race, Dani - who set a new fastest race lap (1'47.705 on lap 10) kept within reach of the leader but in the end found himself in a race alone, after Lorenzo opened up a gap of 5 seconds and Dovizioso was a further 5 seconds behind.

Casey, starting from 5th on the grid, lost a few spots on the first corner but gradually made his way up to 5th by lap 9. Then a mistake on lap 10 saw him run on at the 'Correntaio' turn, which dropped him down to 10th but he fought back to pass Barbera and Bautista to finish 8th.

This Mugello podium marks Dani's 64th premier class podium, equaling the record of 3 x 500cc Champion Wayne Rainey. He remai…

Pedrosa smashes Pole record in Mugello, Stoner 5th

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa took a sensational pole position in the Grand Prix of Italy today, with team mate Casey Stoner in 5th.

Dani shattered the circuit best lap (set last year by Stoner 1'48.034) by almost eight tenths of a second with a time of 1'47.284 on his final lap. It is his second pole position of the season, after also taking it in Le Mans, and he is now the top Spanish rider in all time pole position rankings in the premier class with twenty one (7th in overall rankings). Dani will be looking to make a strong start and repeat his dominating 2010 race weekend where he also took pole and proceeded to lead every lap of the race setting a new lap record.

It was not such a good afternoon for Casey Stoner who failed to make the front row of the grid for only the second time this season (Jerez 2012, 5th). Casey has been having a tough weekend setting up his RC213V and was unable to find a setting he was comfortable with in qualifying. His time of 1'…

Repsol Honda Team take to the track in Mugello

The Repsol Honda Team had a good start on the first day of free practice sessions at the Grand Prix of Italy, with Dani Pedrosa finishing the day in second position, just 0.031 off Lorenzo, and Casey Stoner in sixth, 0.4 off the best lap time.

Dani and Casey made the most of the perfect weather conditions to test the performance of the Bridgestone tyres in the fast and flowing Mugello circuit to start setting up their RC213V machines. Both riders worked with the standard hard rear tyre, the most likely choice for the race distance of 23 laps.

Dani, who won at Sachsenring last week and here in Mugello in 2010, made a big step forward in the afternoon session and with a best time of 1'48.107, lapping three tenths under the circuit record (set by Lorenzo last year with 1'48.402), while Casey, a winner here in 2009, finished close behind with a best lap time of 1'48.527.DANI PEDROSA2nd 1'48.107"We had some troubles with the tyres in the morning, but in th…

Dani Pedrosa and Marc Márquez to race together in Repsol Honda Team

Honda Racing Corporation is pleased to officially announce Dani Pedrosa and Marc Márquez as the two factory Honda riders for 2013 and 2014.

Pedrosa, who currently lies 2nd in the World Championship as the season reaches the halfway point, will extend his contract with Honda with whom he has raced with his debut in the World Championship in 2001. Dani is a three time World Champion (2003 in 125cc, 2004 and 2005 in 250cc) and made his debut in MotoGP in 2006, claiming the Rookie of the Year title and fifth position in the Championship. He has been runner up twice and has also finished third in the premier class on two occasions. After celebrating his maiden win of the 2012 season last weekend in Germany, Dani has shown he is certainly one of the contenders for the title in the premier class this year.

Marc Márquez, born on 17th of February 1993, will make his debut in MotoGP with the Honda factory team at just 20 years old. Already recognised as one of the biggest young ta…

Repsol Honda Team head to Mugello

This weekend the MotoGP paddock head to Mugello for the ninth round of the 2012 World Championship. The Grand Prix of Italy also marks the half way point of the season and the third race in a row after visiting Assen and Sachsenring.

The Repsol Honda riders are looking forward to arriving at traditionally, one of the warmest races on the calendar. After an intense battle in Germany, where they demonstrated a very high pace, Dani hopes to maintain momentum after taking his first win of the season and Casey is determined to put his crash behind him.

The Honda RC213V has showed great potential in the last two races, where Dani and Casey have both visited the top step of the podium. They are confident to be again very competitive in Mugello, a track that combines a very long straight (1,141 Km) and fast changes in direction. They will be looking to make the most of the Honda engine's power at a track with the highest top speed on the calendar.

In fact, Dani, currently …

Repsol Shock Tube?

Well I have seen Shock tubes and thought I could do something vaguely similar. So here it is. Its orange, made out some 5mm neoprene used for diving suits and stitched to fit snug round the shock.

Superb win for Dani but despair for Casey

Dani Pedrosa took his maiden victory of the 2012 season at the Grand Prix of Germany in a dramatic race which saw team mate Casey Stoner crash out just two turns from the chequered flag whilst running in second position.

The Repsol Honda riders set an incredible pace from the beginning that no one else could match and they arrived at the final lap neck and neck, almost fifteen seconds ahead of Lorenzo in third position.

Riding on the limit, Dani and Casey were matching times in a fantastic battle and on this occasion Dani emerged victorious, celebrating his third victory in a row (fourth in MotoGP and fifth in all classes) at Sachsenring.

With this win, Dani moves up to second in the Championship standings with 146 points and Casey, who today had his first crash due to his own mistake after 25 starts with Repsol Honda, is now third with 140. DANI PEDROSA1stWorld Championship Position: 2nd with 146 points"I'm really very happy with this win. We finally made it hap…

Stoner and Pedrosa shine in wet and crazy qualifying session

The Sachsenring circuit today played host to a very exciting and tricky qualifying session, where once again the Repsol Honda Team have finished at the top.

In a full wet session that saw four different polemen within the last 15 seconds, Casey Stoner took the best lap time with 1'31.796 to claim his fourth pole of the season and Dani Pedrosa finishing third with 1'32.081, securing a very important front row spot for tomorrow's race.CASEY STONER1st 1'31.796"It was actually a very difficult session. We started off well and then we switched to our number one bike with a completely different set up and that felt a lot better. On the first lap, I matched my best time I did on my second bike, then unfortunately on the second lap the engine gave up. We're not too sure what happened, if it was something electrical or if some water got in there, but we'll find out later. This put us on the back foot a little because as soon as we came back and got the…

Axio Rain cover and straps

I bought the rain cover for my Axio Repsol ackpack to protect it and the waist straps. These usually sell for £12.99 each (if you can find them!) but managed to get each for £6.99 by chance. Bargain!

Repsol Honda Team on top in Germany

The Repsol Honda Team had a very positive start on the first day of free practice at the Grand Prix of Germany, Dani Pedrosa finishing on top in both sessions and team mate Casey Stoner very close behind in second in the combined times. The MotoGP paddock was again subjected to adverse weather conditions in Germany, with one dry session and one wet session.

Sachsenring welcomed the riders with sunshine in the morning´s FP1 and both Dani and Casey found pace very quickly, setting up their RC213V machines and working with the soft tyres for this unique circuit, with 10 of its 13 corners to the left.

Dani, the winner here in the last two years, set the pace in the morning with a best lap time of 1'22.357 and Casey finished second, just 0.087 off the Spaniard.

In the afternoon, the weather conditions changed completely: it began to get dark and by the time the MotoGP riders were getting ready to go out, the rain had arrived. In the wet conditions, Dani and Casey were aga…

Axio Repsol Backpack update

For those of us with one of thes rare axio swift repsol bags, there is an ebay seller with the optional Rain cover and waist straps.

Click here for the rain cover
Click here for the waist strap

Repsol Honda Team heads to Sachsenring with Championship tied

With no time to take a breath and just five days after the challenging race at Assen, the Repsol Honda Team follows the Championship to Sachsenring for this weekend's Grand Prix of Germany, the eighth round of the season.

After the double podium in the Netherlands, Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa will aim to maintain this momentum and take another step forward in the World Championship, where Casey is now equal on points at the top of the standings with Lorenzo (140), while Dani (in third position with 121 points) has seen the gap to the leaders reduced to 19 points.

The Sachsenring track, the second shortest on the calendar after Laguna Seca, is a much slower circuit than Silverstone and Assen, but again it will be very demanding on tyres: 13 turns -10 left and only 3 to the right - means a lot of stress on the tyres and the track layout requires a very accurate set up of the bikes.

Casey has four podium finishes in Germany, including a victory in 2008, while for Dan…

Lightech titanium bolts

I got these titanium bolts for my Tenkate velocity stack upgrade. They weigh just 1.5 grams each and we're the only bolts that had the right head size.