Jan 22, 2002
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From a press release:<BR><BR>Honda Racing News<BR><BR>HRC Winter Test Sepang, Malaysia<BR>January 22, 2002<BR><BR>Record Times For Tohru Ukawa and RC211V<BR><BR>The second day of the HRC RC211V test at Sepang, Malaysia, saw Tohru Ukawa and the 5-cylinder Honda four-stroke circulating at lap record time. The daily monsoon rain held off until late afternoon allowing Ukawa and HRC test rider Shinichi Itoh a trouble free day of testing.<BR><BR>Ukawa made the best of the opportunity to set the fastest lap recorded at the 5.548km circuit by a grand prix motorcycle. His time of 2:05.39 was <BR>0.228 inside the lap record, set by Valentino Rossi at the grand prix last October.<BR><BR>Itoh, on his first ever visit to the circuit, was not far behind Ukawa at 2:05.91.<BR><BR>Team Honda Gresini rider Daijiro Katoh was a shade faster than Itoh at 2:05.86 on the V-4, NSR500 two-stroke he will race against the mighty 990cc the four-strokes in the 2002 MotoGP World Championship.<BR><BR>After a shake down test yesterday Team West Honda Pons got down to serious work with their 2002 NSR500's for the first time and were quickly on the pace. World number three Loris Capirossi (was) faster than team mate Alex Barros at 2:05.98.<BR><BR>Team Kanemoto Honda rider Jurgen v.d. Goorbergh did not test today following his heavy crash yesterday. The team's NSR500 was too badly <BR>damaged to repair in time.<BR><BR>Tohru Ukawa, RC211V, 71 laps, time 2:05.39<BR><BR>Shinichi Itoh, RC211V, 71 laps, time 2:05.91<BR><BR>Daijiro Katoh, NSR500, 47 laps, time 2:05.86<BR><BR>Loris Capirossi, NSR500, 50 laps, time 2:05.98<BR><BR>Alex Barros, NSR500, 44 laps, time 2:07.73<BR><BR>Tohru Ukawa: I'm very, very happy with today, and to break the lap record. Everything ran just fine. We were testing tyres and some small <BR>modifications, I was not looking for a lap time. What is important here is to keep the development of the machine moving forward. The bike is good <BR>here but we still have a lot of work to do.<BR><BR>Shinichi Itoh: Very happy, and very surprised. My lap times are very good, considering I have only had two days at this track. The bike has made it <BR>easy, it works very well here. I'm pleased with the progress we're making with the RCV.