...And then he went ballistic when
a lil 9 pound got added in 2012.
Weighty Matters for Repsol Honda
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
The Honda RC213V machines run by Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa need ballast to reach the 346-pound minimum weight after that figure was raised 9 pounds in December, which is adding more setup headaches for the Repsol Honda team.
"We have to add weight on to the bike, and where you put it is difficult," Pedrosa said. "It's tricky as location of the weight can change the handling so much. We're trying to keep it simple because you can get a little bit lost if you move it around too much."
That weight will only move around one flavor of frame, as Pedrosa said he has selected his chassis of choice for this test.
"I have chosen one chassis for this test," Pedrosa said. "I believe it is the same as Casey has chosen. I chose the one that gave better feeling (at the first Sepang test), but it also gave more chattering. It is the latest chassis version."
Pedrosa experienced less tire chatter Tuesday than during the first test at Sepang. But he attributed the smoother ride to higher track temperature rather than a chassis design or adjustment breakthrough.
Stoner still suffered from filling-rattling chatter Tuesday.
"We've got a couple of things to change the stiffness and move the weight around, to try and upset the chatter - take away the frequency - and see what we can do," Stoner said. "There's no point bringing a new chassis until we try every available option we have with this one. We've get some options to try. If they don't work, we might have to go in another direction."