BRNO, Czech Republic – After Tuesday’s tricky weather conditions, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa had their first taste of next year’s bike on Wednesday.
They spent the majority of the morning aboard the current RC213V and then just before lunch Marquez exited on the 2015 model. Pedrosa soon followed and both riders returned to the Brno pit box to give their invaluable feedback to their team and the additional HRC engineers, who have joined for this test. Both reported with some positive aspects on the new machine and also commented about areas that need improvement. This feedback will be instrumental in the next stage of development for this machine.
“The second day went fairly well, although the grip level was still not as high as we would have liked in order to correctly carry out the testing that we had planned,” Marquez said. “When we wanted to go a little faster to get closer to the limit and evaluate things, it was very risky.”
In total Marquez completed 53 laps on the current machine – suffering a small crash again in turn five – and 20 laps on the 2015 prototype, highlighting corner speed improvements. Pedrosa did 41 laps on his 2014 bike, concentrating on mapping settings, and 16 laps on the new prototype.