News 17 Jul 2015

Marquez and Pedrosa shakedown 2016 Honda

Positive feeling on debut during sweltering Misano test.

Source: HRC.

Source: HRC.

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa continued their mid-season testing under incredibly hot conditions at the Misano circuit, Italy.

Both riders spend more time on the current 2015 RC213V Honda, to improve their base setup and also tested the new 2016 prototype machine, reporting positively.

“I’m happy with these past two days, we have done a great job on the setup and now I feel more comfortable,” Marquez explained. “Especially this morning when the temperature was a little bit lower we were able to find something that has improved my feeling and now we will have to see if this will work also in the coming circuits.

“I also tried the 2016 prototype finding something good, but we will test it again tomorrow with next year’s tyres to give the HRC engineers more data to work with. Tomorrow one more tough day and then we will deserve some days off!”

Marquez completed a total of 86 laps with a best time of 1m32.00s – half a second faster than anybody at the test. Pedrosa did 71 laps with his best time of 1m32.66s.

“It’s been two hard but productive days of testing,” Pedrosa said. “We are happy as we have been able to work a lot on the current bike to find a set-up that can be a good base for the coming GPs.

“It has been a very hard job as the temperature was really hot but I am happy. I also did a couple of exits with the prototype of the 2016 bike.

“It was important to give to the engineers some feedback about the direction we are heading. Tomorrow we will test it again with 2016 tyres as this bike will have to work on them.”

Tomorrow is the final day of testing and both riders will focus on the 2016 tyre manufacturer, Michelin.