Jonathan Rea and Hiroshi Aoyama have just finished a three day-est with the 2012 version of the CBR1000RR Fireblade at Phillip Island. Rea and Aoyoma will return to Phillip Island in one month for the start of the 2012 World Superbike season.
Rea, who had a difficult 2011 season due to injuries, is looking forward to being back at the top of the field.
"We've had a good three days, completed a lot of laps and tested a whole heap of new parts," Rea said. "We've also done quite a few long runs and race simulations which, to be honest, was really good - for the simulation we did today, we even used the lights! The full race-run allows us to see exactly where we are, even though the disadvantage of testing on your own is that you've got no-one to measure yourself against. But the whole team is working really well and I'm really enjoying riding the bike again. Step-by-step we're making things better and, although when you test this many parts you can end up going round in circles, I think we've got a bike with a good base setting to go into the 2012 season with."
"I've really enjoyed the first test of the season on the new 2012 bike," Aoyoma said. "I had some good feelings from the test in Qatar in December, but the feeling here at Phillip Island was quite different. We had to do a lot of work on the first two days but I learned a lot and on each day the feeling got better. We did a race simulation today and it was very interesting to experience the deterioration of the tyre. We need to make some more steps and, if we can do that, it'll be an exciting race next month! For sure, I need to ride a lot more to try to learn the bike and the tyres because everything is still very new. I'm sure I will need a couple of races to get familiar with everything."
The Honda didn't release any lap times during the three-day testing session by manager Ronald ten Kate said that he was happy with the new machine.
Here's a video of the testing session black porn from Honda.