Pedrosa goes home, Marquez drags his elbows to fifth

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Photo: Repsol Honda

Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez spent the final day of winter testing in Jerez doing as Marc does adapting to the full factory Honda RC213V prior to turning a wheel in anger, two weeks away in Qatar. His team mate, Dani Pedrosa went home, after deciding that he had accomplished everything he needed to before the lights go out in Doha.

The weather sung a similar tune once again as it rained for the majority of the day. The track finally dried out completely with just an hour and a half left of the whole winter testing programme.

After spending the second day working on electronics rather than out-right pace, the rookie completed 34 laps today. Whilst adapting his Moto2 riding style to the full GP bike, he put in a best time of 1m 40.130s on lap 23, over half a second faster than his time from day two. “It was dry and sunny this morning then at around 10.30 it began to rain quite heavily. We put in a some laps to understand a few things in these conditions as we had some problems in the wet on the first day, so this was helpful as we found some answers. Everybody was waiting for the track to dry out and although it was a little cold, the last hour was good. It was useful to test some things and I feel much better than yesterday, we made some improvements, especially in our consistency and with electronics. Now I will try to relax and prepare myself for Qatar, this has been a positive winter testing – much better than I expected!” 

 Pedrosa finished the second day of testing yesterday in 4th, behind the Yamaha’s of Rossi, Lorenzo and Crutchlow. This morning, upon entering the garage, the pint sized Spaniard saw the clouds rolling in, so unsticks and went home.  “This morning was sunny but by the time we got to the track the clouds had started to arrive. I was discussing the programme for the day with my team and it started to rain. We decided that we had nothing new to test in these conditions – even if it started to dry up this afternoon, and we are happy with the machine. On top of that, I felt the pain in my neck again yesterday and would prefer to rest it in time for Qatar. We’ve done a lot of testing this winter and now we are ready to go racing, I can’t wait to start the season!”


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