Dec 21, 2001
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From a press release:<BR><BR>HONDA RACING NEWS<BR><BR>HRC RC211V Test Phillip Island, Australia, December 21, 2001<BR><BR>Riders Quotes and Lap Times of the third day RC211V Test<BR><BR>Weather was partially cloudy but the temperature was OK: 25° C<BR><BR>Quotes from the pits:<BR><BR>Valentino Rossi: "The results of this test are positive, after the Jerez tests the Honda technicians made some changes following my suggestion and were very skill to make it. We start to understand how to set up the bike <BR>and I enjoy to ride the bike on this circuit. This bike start to be fun to ride. Now we have to work a lot to improve some points but in general I am quite satisfied now, I think that everybody need some vacation and so I wish you a great Holiday Season and see you on 2002!"<BR><BR>Tohru Ukawa: "After three days of test I can said I am quite happy with the new bike, we tested a lot of different settings and parts. Today I did a lot of laps, over 90, as three GP and now is time to get a little of rest."<BR><BR>Daijiro Katoh: "Today I got a good time, I am satisfied about my feeling with the NSR 500<BR>but I still need to learn the right style to handle a so powerful bike."<BR><BR>Jurgen vd Goorbergh: "I am happy with the bike and now I am anxious to get the 2001 model<BR>to start to ride it. These three days were very useful to find a good feeling with bike but I need more time to get the right riding style."<BR><BR><BR>Rossi: RC211V, 62 laps, best time 1:32.00<BR>Ukawa: RC211V, 92 laps, best time 1:33.00<BR><BR>Katoh: NSR500, 80 laps, best time, 1.32.57<BR><BR>VD Goorbergh: NSR500, 40 laps, best time, 1:34.03<BR><BR>Itoh: NSR500, 58 laps, best time, 1:33.97