Following two days of Pirelli tyre testing at Brno in the Czech Republic, HANNspree Ten Kate Honda leaves the circuit with some impressive lap times and invaluable bike development under its belt.
The team took the opportunity to work on the settings of the CBR1000RR Superbike and CBR600RR Supersport machines in preparation for the ninth round of the 2007 Championship at Brno in three weeks time.
With the focus for the Superbike riders on the development of new suspension parts and an improved traction control system, championship leader James Toseland recorded the second fastest lap on a qualifying tyre and fourth fastest on a race tyre. Team-mate Roberto Rolfo - who was also concentrating on race set-up - came in ninth fastest overall.
In the Supersport camp, Kenan Sofuoglu and Sébastien Charpentier set identical fastest lap times of 2'04.1 to be placed in joint first on the time sheets. The successful two days in Brno put the entire team in a positive frame of mind ahead of the official FGSport test at Vallelunga on 7 and 8 July.
Ronald Ten Kate, Team Manager:
"We really achieved a lot during the Brno test. We had a lot of new parts to test from WA suspension, STM clutch parts, and last but not least, the PI Research traction control system. We managed to improve the bike in a lot of areas, but there is still work to be done at the test in Vallelunga before the ninth round.
"We've also tested a lot of new parts on the Supersport side. We didn't go for the one-lap wonder, but instead focused on race distance. Over the whole race distance we were around almost 30 seconds quicker than last year, which is a massive improvement. We are coming to a point in the season where we are starting to fully understand the all-new CBR600RR and this is showing in the results. We have one more test in Vallelunga where we will receive some new development parts and then we should be ready for the remainder of the 2007 season."
"This has been a good test. We went from A-Z with suspension and settings and we have really worked hard over the two days. We've invited PI Research back with the electronics to try and find some improvement with these. The package is feeling pretty good again. I felt like we were falling behind a bit electronically, so it's really nice to test something else and try to improve. I'm leaving here feeling encouraged."
"I am quite happy. The first day we worked more on the testing of the bike - I tried to get a good feeling in the front because that is very important on this track. It was a good day but not a fast as I wanted. On the second day I pushed harder and we found a good setting for the bike. We tried different solutions towards the end so I was able to improve on my lap times. In any case, I am feeling confident for the next round."
I am really happy that I got the fastest lap time. We have tried many things on the bike over the last two days and now my package is very good. I think I am almost two seconds faster than I was here last year and I have been consistently fast over race distance rather than in one quick lap, which is good. I think if I can do what I have done here in the race than I will be successful."
"This has been very good testing for me - I have really enjoyed it. I've made some very good lap times alongside Kenan and I hope that this can give us a good advantage over the other riders when it comes to the race. We have tested a lot of different solutions on the bike and we are really happy with it now. We have one more test in Vallelunga so I think by the time we race back in Brno, we will have a very good set-up."