Thursday, November 26

REPSOL HONDA TRIES NEW ENGINES

Dani Pedrosa putting in the hard yards at Jerez. hard yards at Jerez. 
Repsol Honda MotoGP riders Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez tried different engines in the first day of a three day test at Jerez, in southern Spain yesterday.

One of the problems both riders had this year was power delivery that was too abrupt, making it hard to get consistent acceleration out of corners.  Apparently, this was something Casey Stoner mentioned when he tested the 2015 bikes at Sepang in Malaysia last February but after Marquez lapped under the track record, Stoner's comments, and those of Pedrosa, were apparently ignored.

Despite Marquez winning five races this season, he crashed out of six others.  However Pedrosa, after missing four races while he got his arm pump issues sorted, came on strongly in the latter half of the season, with wins in Japan and Malaysia.
Marc Marquez testing at Jerez.

With the testing ban coming into effect on December 1, the Repsol Honda team wants to gather as much information as it can before testing resumes in February.

A cold fresh morning greeted them the first day but they were blessed with good weather all day remaining dry and sunny until the end of testing.  Both riders spent this first day comparing different engines and working on the electronics set up.  In 2016, all the teams run the same electronics package.

On top of that, the ridres have to gain more familiarity with the Michelin control tyres.  Michelin takes over after xx years with Bridgestone as the MotoGP tyre supplier.

Marquez finished the day with a best time of 1m 39.92s (compared with a best of 1:38.823 in the May 3 race).  He completed 65 laps in total.  Pedrosa, who missed this year's Jerez race while he underwent arm surgery, managed 56 laps and his fastest time was 1:40.12.  He had a small crash  in the final corner during his final session but escaped unhurt.
Dani Pedrosa looked very smooth, until caught out by a crash at the end of the first day,