Honda factory riders Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa topped the time sheets at the end of the first day both happy with the feeling they had with their 1000cc machine. A thunderstorm stopped the activity on track early in the afternoon, and Dani took the opportunity to ride a few laps on the RC213V in wet conditions for the first time while team mate Casey chose to remain in the garage instead and discuss testing plans for the second day with his crew.
The current MotoGP World Champion has been working on various set ups and he set the best lap of the day with a time of 2’01.761 on lap 8 of 16 completed. Dani focused on the chassis geometry, rider position and power delivery of the new engine and finished as the second fastest rider of the day with 2’02.005. On his last run, the Spanish rider had to stop on track for an engine problem that technicians will analyse tonight.