The Repsol Honda team left Aragon following a one day test today after yesterday (Tuesday) was rained off. Both Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa were present, with Pedrosa trying out the 2014 Honda in Northern
|Marquez impressed on his first MotoGP visit to Aragon
Photo: Repsol Honda
MotoGP rookie Marc Marquez secured the second fastest time of the day behind Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo with a time of 1.48.434. Even though this test was the 20 year old’s first outing on the Spanish track on a MotoGP bike, Marquez still manged to record a time under Casey Stoner’s pole position lap record set in 2011. Not attending the IRTA test at Catalunya and yesterday being rained off, Marquez and his team will stay for an extra day to test the 2013 prototype.
Marquez revealed “I am happy with today’s test. Aragon is one of my favourite circuits and on a MotoGP bike it is a lot of fun! At the beginning it was difficult, as many of the braking points are blind, but in the end I felt comfortable. We did a good test trying to solve a problem we had in the last couple of races. We did some changes in the geometry and we found a good base set up that I believe will be useful also in the coming circuits and not only here. Tomorrow I will do some more tests on the actual bike and then I will try the 2014 prototype. It will be a busy day!”
Spanish team-mate Dani Pedrosa had a similarly strong day on the Spanish circuit, testing both the 2013 and 2014 bikes, providing the first sets of feedback for his team.
Leading the world championship by 7 points, Pedrosa worked back-to-back on the 2013 and 2014 machines, working out what needs to be changed on the new prototypes and any vital modifications needed. He finished the day one position behind his team-mate in third, setting a time of 1.48.928 and has decided not to stay for a second day unlike Marquez.
Pedrosa explained “It’s been a positive day of testing. We focused more on the actual bike doing several tests with different rear shocks to find more grip especially in the exit of the corners. I am quite happy as we found something good. We also did a kind of “shake down” of the 2014 prototype. I did just two exits and a total of nine laps, basically to get the first impression and give to the engineers some feedback. The bike is ok, but at the moment we need more time to understand it, so in the short term I will not use it”