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Casey Stoner undergoes successful surgery

Today in Australia, Repsol Honda's Casey Stoner received surgery to his ankle, which was damaged after his crash in qualifying for the Indianapolis GP 12 days ago.
The procedure was performed by Dr. Lam's team in Sydney's North Shore Private Hospital. Doctors are pleased with how the operation went, and now must wait during this initial recuperation period to see how the ankle is healing.
With no complications or need for Casey to stay in hospital, he has returned home and the Repsol Honda Team will endeavour to share information on Casey's recovery as it is known.

Positive test for Pedrosa and learning day for Rea

The Repsol Honda Team were back on track in Brno today after Dani Pedrosa's fantastic win in yesterday's Grand Prix of the Czech Republic.

Dani spent the day completing a busy testing programme covering many areas, including chatter issues and also a new rear shock. Also on track for Repsol Honda was Jonathan Rea, replacing the injured Casey Stoner. Jonathan used this first test to familiarise himself with the 1000cc machine and adapt to the Bridgestone tyres.

The team will resume their test schedule in Aragón on the 4th and 5th of September.DANI PEDROSA4th 1'56.703"Today, we've done a general test looking to improve the feelings we had in yesterday's race. We tried some ideas to reduce the chatter, but this is something very difficult to fix, so we've been basically working on the electronics and the suspension trying to find more edge grip and in the exit of the corner. I tried a new Öhlins shock which gave me some positive feelings and now…

Thrilling win for Pedrosa in Czech Republic

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa scored his second consecutive win and eighth successive podium today in Brno, in an intense battle with Jorge Lorenzo that went down to the wire.

Dani starting from 3rd on the grid was able to pass Cal Crutchlow, in second position, before the first corner and closely tracked pole man Jorge for the first 11 laps, with the two Spanish riders trading record fastest race laps. Only hundredths of seconds separated the two and eventually on lap 12 Dani made a pass and held onto the lead until the final lap. With only a few corners remaining, Jorge passed Dani and both were involved in a dramatic final few turns which resulted in Dani squeezing out Jorge and taking the victory, a perfect gift to his father on his birthday!

This is Dani's 3rd win of 2012 and his 41st career victory, all on a Honda, equalling Mike Hailwood in most victories ever on a Honda, behind Mick Doohan (54) and Jim Redman (45).

Dani has now reduced the gap to Championsh…

Jonathan Rea to test for Repsol Honda Team

Jonathan Rea, Ten Kate Honda rider in WSBK, will join the Repsol Honda team for tomorrow's test in Brno, and also for the 2 day test in Aragon that will take place on the 4th and 5th of September.
 In case, as doctors anticipate, Casey Stoner is not able to re-join the Repsol Honda Team in time, then Jonathan will replace him in Misano and Aragon.  Honda Racing Corporation would like to thank Honda Europe, Ten Kate Team and all their sponsors for their cooperation under the circumstances.

Front row start for Pedrosa in Czech Republic

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa will start tomorrow's Grand Prix of the Czech Republic from 3rd position on the grid, his 9th front row start of the season.

In this morning's FP3, Dani was fastest by over seven tenths and felt there were areas he could still improve. However, it was a difficult qualifying session for the Spaniard who had a small crash 10 minutes into the session in turn 12 on a used soft rear tyre, which left him with no other option than to use his second bike. On this bike, Dani was able to maintain a similar pace to the morning session but couldn't improve as he had much more chatter. The team will work hard tonight to repair the damaged bike in time for warm up tomorrow morning.

Casey Stoner, who announced on Thursday he will undergo surgery on his injured ankle in Australia, left Europe from Geneva today with his family as planned.DANI PEDROSA3rd 1'56.327"I had a small crash at the beginning of the session and unfortunately we …

Pedrosa continues momentum on Day 1 in Brno

Fresh from his fantastic win in Indianapolis just five days ago, Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa continued his fine form in Brno today topping the time sheets on the first day of Free Practice.

Dani, fastest in the morning was victim of a strange incident when a rider in front of him strayed slightly off track kicking some stones into his path. Such was the impact that the stones smashed Dani's front screen on his Honda and stones also hit his helmet and left foot which left the Spanish rider limping after the impact, nevertheless he finished FP1 in first position.

Dani managed to shake of the pain in time for FP2 and traded fastest laps throughout the session with Jorge Lorenzo. Dani eventually came out on top with a 1'56.858 time on lap 11 of 17.DANI PEDROSA1st 1'56.858"Today we spent time working on the tyres and set up of the bike. We were trying to get the maximum time on the track as tomorrow we don't know how the weather will be so it was impor…

Casey confirms he will have operation in Australia

Today in Brno, current World Champion Casey Stoner confirmed that he will leave for Australia immediately to have surgery on his right ankle.

Casey, who suffered a terrible accident in qualifying for the Indianapolis GP last Saturday, was waiting for specialists to study the MRI scan and give him feedback and a suggested route for recovery. After speaking with them at lunchtime today, Casey was informed that it was crucial he received an operation to the torn ligaments as a priority.

At this time it is not confirmed how long the Repsol Honda rider will be out for, this depends on the success of the surgery and his subsequent recovery ability. The operation is scheduled for next week in Australia, HRC will give more information when available.


"I'm hugely disappointed for my team and all the guys around me. We've been waiting since Indianapolis for my doctor in Australia to receive the discs of the MRI scan and x-rays to fully understand the situation. The do…

Superb win for Dani and brilliant fourth place for Casey in Indy

The Repsol Honda Team has completed the second American race of the season with another fantastic performance, this time at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix. The Japanese manufacturer has now won the past five races in the United States.

Dani Pedrosa took a full house in Indy - pole position, circuit record lap and win - in an incredible weekend that marks his second victory of the 2012 season. It is also his second win at this track and 40th career victory in the World Championship in all three classes. Dani crossed the finish line 10.8 seconds ahead of Lorenzo and Repsol Honda team mate Casey Stoner celebrated, considering his physical condition, a formidable fourth position.

The current World Champion overcame incredible pain caused by his injury to the right ankle sustained during yesterday's qualifying session crash. He managed to climb to third position behind Dani and Jorge until six laps remaining when his stamina began to fade and he was passed by Andrea …

Casey confirmed with fracture and torn ligaments in right ankle

After today's crash during qualifying practice for the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, Repsol Honda's Casey Stoner was taken to the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for further check ups.

Casey had X-rays and an MRI scan on the right tibia and fibula, right ankle and right foot. It was confirmed he had suffered several small chipped bone fractures, a 10mm fracture on the talar dome below the tibia and fibula, contusions to the anterior tibia, posterior tibia and medial malleolus, and soft tissue swelling around the ankle. He has also torn his deltoid, anterior talofibial, calcaneal and fibular ligaments in addition to a high ankle sprain.

Hospital staff strapped the ankle for protection through the night and Casey left the hospital at midnight. He will consult with the medical team in the morning to asses the situation and decide if he is able to ride the machine safely. CASEY STONER"It's the first time in my career that I haven't been able to …

Michelin Power Pure tyre

 After 3 years and 2300 miles on the standard rubber, it was time for an upgrade. The logical choice would be a set of Bridgestones, but I have always been interested in the Michelin Power Pure tyres.
Michelin Power pure tyres have been around for a while but very few people know about them.
As many who view my blog know, I like to increase performance and reduce weight. These tyres tick all the both boxes. Michelin have developed a tyre that offers dual compound technology as used on the track with light tyre technology to reduce the weight. The weight reduction is a whopping half a kilo for both tyres. Thats a nice little saving and when I say reduce weight, I mean reduce unsprung weight. This is the bad weight that hampers a bikes handling.
This morning, I paid a visit to Watling tyres who kindly agreed to fit the tyres. Tyre changes fill me with fear. As any painted wheel owner knows, damage can occur when tyres are changed. I never had to worry. These guys did a great job and…

Pedrosa laps under circuit record at Indy, Casey, fifth

The Repsol Honda Team kicked off the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix in fine form today, with Dani Pedrosa topping the time sheets on the first day of free practice with Casey Stoner in fifth position at the World famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

With heavy rainfall from the night before, track conditions were poor in the morning session. However, by the afternoon the grip level had improved considerably and both Repsol Honda riders made progress with their bike set up. Dani took the biggest advantage of the better conditions, lapping 2.4 seconds quicker than the morning session with a 1'39.783 - faster than the circuit record of 1'39.807 set by Casey here in 2011.

Casey, the fastest in FP1, also improved his lap times by 1.3 seconds in the afternoon, but late in the session he experienced an issue in the rear of the bike which is still being investigated and prevented him from setting a faster time than 1'40.623, placing him in 5th at the end of day one.

Brembo M4 front calipers

Here are my new Brembo M4 calipers for the bike. These will go great on my Ohlins FGRT813 forks

Repsol Honda Team return to Indianapolis after Summer break

Fresh and fully recharged after a well-deserved two week summer break, the Repsol Honda Team will be back in action this weekend for the second visit of the season to the United States. The legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosts the MotoGP family for the fifth consecutive year, and marks the eleventh round of the 2012 World Championship.

The venue, in its short history in MotoGP, has been good to the Repsol Honda Team. Dani Pedrosa (one pole position, one victory and one second place) and Casey Stoner (one pole and one victory) have been the last two winners of the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix. Dani won in 2010 with a clear margin of 3.5 seconds ahead of local hero Ben Spies, and Casey crossed the finish line in first place last year in front of Dani.

This year the engine power of the RC213V 1000cc machines will make a difference on the long straight of 0,872 kms. The changes in the asphalt, a very fast first turn and continuous changes in direction are in the D…

New forks - Ohlins FGRT813

I have just received my new forks for the bike. They look great and I am sure will give me some great handling when fitted.
Here is a link to the FGRT800 Manual

Repsol Fanatic meets Johnny Rea 65

Johnny visited Doble motorcycles today in South London. I managed to get Johnny to hang out with the fireblade. Thanks Johnny and dobles!

Gilles Shiftholder review

I finally got around to fitting the Gilles Shift holder (Model SHIHO_SC59) to my bike. Here is a short review of the product. Many fellow fireblade owners have fitted the SHIHO_SC57 to their 2004-2006 models. This is for the 2008-2012 fireblade.


The kit comes in a small box with bracket, installation leaflet and a M6 x 20 socket bolt. The bracket is a thing of beauty. The body is wide and supports the gear shaft under pressure, so it can only rotate. Its very slick in appearance and has roller bearings inside to allow smooth gear changes.


The kit includes simple instructions which were easy to follow, the whole installation took just five minutes. One word of advice. Make sure you take a photo or mark the position of the gear linkage. It will ensure the gear lever goes back as before.


I found gear changes were sometimes clunky and sometimes needed more effort to change gear than other times. It was hardly a smooth change you expect from Honda's flagshi…

Interview with Casey Stoner

In one of the closest seasons of recent years, reigning MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner has taken four victories to date. His most recent triumph came this past weekend at Laguna Seca, adding to a further three podiums from the opening ten races of 2012. The Repsol Honda Team’s Australian rider is third in the overall standings and will be trying to take a second consecutive title this year to sign off his career on a high note.
Just past the halfway point of the season, how do you evaluate your riding, the team and the bike so far?
"To be honest, I'm pretty happy with my level, but we made a couple of small errors in Mugello and Sachsenring, which unfortunately left us far behind in the standings. I think if things had been slightly different, if the weather had been different at some races and if we had not made these mistakes, then we would be in a good position. As we are now, we have lost a lot of ground on where we should be. "
A year ago at this p…