Thursday, July 16

REPSOL HONDA HARD AT WORK

Dani Pedrosa getting down to it in the first of three days of testing at Misano.
Fresh from their emphatic 1-2 finish in Germany last Sunday, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa were hard at work in Italy yesterday, testing at the newly resurfaced Misano circuit.

Even though Marquez broke his own year-old pole position record at the Sachsenring by 0.601 of a second, and also clipped 0.316 of a second off Pedrosa's race lap record, it has to be remembered the latter mark was set in the 800cc era of MotoGP, in 2011, so there is no time for Repsol Honda to rest on its laurels.

Talking of records, Marquez also broke Pedrosa's race record for the 30 laps of Sachsenring, by 11.395 seconds.  Again Pedrosa set the earlier mark on the 800cc RC212V Honda in 2011 while fighting off the advances of Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) and Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda RC212V).

But that is already in the past for the Repsol pair as they work on further improvements for the Honda.  The team is scheduled to test at Misano for three days.

This first day was spent reacquainting themselves with the circuit and its new tarmac, and adapting their chassis setups to suit.  There is no word whether they are trying a new chassis back-to-back with the 2014 frame they both prefer, but it is a good bet Honda will have something new in that department.

Both reported positively and that the track is faster than it was previously.

Today Marc and Dani will test the prototype of next season's RC213V before spending Friday testing with the new 2016 tyre supplier, Michelin.

Marc Marquez clocked 84 laps of the 4.2 kilometre circuit.

Marc Marquez
"Today was a positive day," Marquez reported.  

"We have been working to adapt the setting to the new tarmac - which is very good by the way - and also on checking some different things for the riding position on the bike.  In the afternoon we focused more on the setup of the bike as this is a good circuit to work on the issue we have of sliding with the rear entering some corners.  We found something good but we have to continue working on this area as I’m still not 100 per cent happy."

For his part, Pedrosa agreed the new surface was very good with much fewer bumps.

"They have done a good job," he said.

"It is very positive to have few days testing in this part of the season, trying to find a ‘base setup’ that can work everywhere. Due to my injury that forced me to stop for three GPs, we still have some (catch-up) work to do compared to a normal season.

When we are here for the race in September, the temperature won’t be so high and for sure the lap times will be better.  I’m happy with the work done today and looking forward to check the new prototype."

Pedrosa completed 63 laps, or 264 kilometres of testing.