Repsol Honda Team riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have come to the end of this week’s test session at Brno. Over the course of three days, the two Spaniards tested their 2014 bike as well as debuting the new 2015 machine.
On Thursday, both riders finished testing at lunch time, with Pedrosa racking up a further 16 laps on the 2014 bike. In the case of World Champion Marquez, he put in 41 laps on the current bike plus a further five on next year’s version.
“The test has gone pretty well, especially on this final day as the track had a good level of grip,” said Marquez. “The times began to look good and we were able to try out some other things, as well as confirming some feelings on the 2015 prototype. Overall, the most important thing that we take away from this test is that we were able to try this new bike and give some positive feedback.
“Moreover, Honda also brought us some new parts for our current RC213V machine and we were able to test with the electronics and the brakes, plus some different setups to what we have been using up to now. We are happy with how it went because we’ve put in a lot of laps and gathered a lot of data. Now we can take a break, which we all certainly deserve!”
“In the end we have put in a lot of laps,” said Pedrosa. “The weather was good to us and we were able to try many things, in particular some small adjustments to the bike. Some changes have been made thinking more about the future, but others can be used more immediately at the next few races. Overall I am happy with the three days because we have been able to take some steps forward with the electronics; we’ll see if that gives us any improvement on the bike.
“We were also able to test the new bike and put in our first kilometers with it, but we will have to keep testing it further down the line in order to continue to with development.”
Marquez ran 53 laps on the 2014 bike Wednesday and 20 on the 2015 Prototype, with Pedrosa running 41 laps and 16 laps on the 2014 and 2015 bikes respectively. Both riders logged 49 laps in mixed weather conditions on the 2014 bike Tuesday.
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