Friday, July 17

HONDA TESTS 2016 MOTOGP BIKE


The Repsol Honda team tested an early version of its 2016 MotoGP machine at Misano yesterday, as part of its three day programme at the Italian circuit.

According to the team, both riders reported "positively" on the new machine.

As well as providing feedback to HRC engineers on next year's MotoGP bike, riders Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez also continued on testing the current machine, searching for ways to improve it's performance for the second half of the season.

Today they will conclude the three day programme testing Michelin tyres for the 2016 season.


Dani Pedrosa:

"It’s been two hard but productive days of testing.  We are happy as we have been able to work a lot on the current bike to find a setup 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!"

Marc Marquez:

"I’m happy with these past two days, we have done a great job on the setup and now I feel more comfortable.  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.  In the afternoon the track temperature was really too hot, but I am happy with the pace I was able to keep even in these circumstances.  A big thanks to HRC and my team for the great job done!  Tomorrow one more tough day and then we will deserve some days off!"