Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have completed another successful day’s testing in Sepang, Malaysia, finishing 3rd and 4th respectively.
After spending yesterday testing different machines brought by HRC from Japan, both riders spent today’s sessions working on the setup on their preferred bike with both Marquez and Pedrosa Marc and Dani testing geometry, suspension settings and electronics.
Marquez – who completed more laps than any other rider – finished the day in third, just 0.183 off Lorenzo, with his fastest time of 2’00.146 on lap 35 of 67. He had a small crash in turn seven on his final exit but escaped any injury. Dani was just 0.114 off Marc with a best time of 2’00.260 on lap 50 of 52.
Marquez was pleased with his team’s progress. He said: “Today I focused on just one bike – the one I liked most from yesterday – and put in a lot of laps. In the morning we tested setups for the bike geometry and some different suspension settings. In the afternoon we worked a lot on the electronics, which is a slower process and requires more time and more laps. We have gathered a lot of information but tomorrow we still have to keep doing more testing, after analysing the data on the computer. I am pleased because we have continued to improve and we remained fast, even when the track was warmer.”
Pedrosa was equally positive. He said: “After testing the three available versions of the bike that Honda brought here yesterday, we chose which of them we would continue working with and today we used two identical versions. This allowed us to work more on the setup, trying to adapt the new bike’s suspension and electronics a little better. It has been positive, since we have been taking small steps in the right direction and from Valencia we have continued to make progress. I think we still have to improve some aspects, but we have another day in which to continue testing. Hopefully tomorrow we can put in more laps because we have been lucky these past two days; it has not rained and we have been able to make the most of the time available on track.”
The three-day test will conclude tomorrow.