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Marquez & Pedrosa Begin Repsol Honda Misano Test

Repsol Honda Misano Test

Marquez & Pedrosa Begin Repsol Honda Misano Test RC213V
Marc Marquez

Following a slow start to the season, Repsol Honda returned to the top of the podium at the Germany Grand Prix. Two-time MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez earned a record-breaking win at Sachsenring, and was followed to the checkered flag by teammate Dani Pedrosa.

But the two Spaniard didn’t have much time for celebration; following Sunday’s MotoGP, Marquez and Pedrosa traveled to Italy for a Repsol Honda Misano Test.

The three-day test began Tuesday at Misano. Both riders on Tuesday reacquainted themselves with the circuit and its new tarmac, and adapted their setups to suit this track. Following the Repsol Honda Misano test, both riders reported the track is faster than before.

When day one was complete, Marquez put in 84 laps with a best of 1:32.31; Pedrosa completed 63 laps with a best of 1:32.76.

“Today was a positive day. We have been working to adapt the setting to the new tarmac, that is very good by the way, and also on checking some different things for the riding position on the bike,” Marquez said.

Marquez & Pedrosa
Dani Pedrosa

“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 corner. We found something good but tomorrow we have to continue working on this area as I’m still not 100% happy. We will also test the 2016 prototype HRC have brought here.”

Dani Pedrosa also commented: “The new surface is very good and much fewer bumps than before and I am happy with it -they have done a good job. 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 as due to my injury that forced me to stop for 3 GPs, we still have some work to do comparing with a normal season. When we are here for the race 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 tomorrow!”

The Repsol Honda Misano Test continues Thursday when Marquez and Pedrosa will test the new 2016 RC213V prototype and tires from Michelin – the 2016 spec-tire supplier.

Repsol Honda Misano Test – Day 1 Photo Gallery

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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