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A positive final day to a mixed test in Australia for Dani Pedrosa who made an important step with the electronics.
Three days of rain hit testing at Australia’s Phillip Island circuit came to an end for Dani Pedrosa and the rest of the MotoGP™ World Championship. Spells of rain halted action at various points over the three days but Pedrosa was able to complete a solid amount of work on his Repsol Honda Team machine, spending the majority of Friday on used tyres. This gave the engineers and technicians a much needed insight as to how the Honda may feel towards the end of a race, the data will now be sent back to Japan where HRC will continue to work on the bike. Although he did not challenge for the top spot, Pedrosa was able to make a significant step forward with the new Magneti Marelli electronics package, an area he and Honda had struggled with in Sepang.
A best time 1’29.606 came for Pedrosa on the final day, placing him eighth overall and within half a second of his teammate, Marc Marquez, who was second. Pedrosa and his Honda RC213V will be reunited on the second of March in Qatar for the final preseason test before the 2016 MotoGP™ season kicks off a week later under the floodlights.
Dani Pedrosa: “Today it’s been a bit difficult. In the morning it was hard to improve on the setup we found yesterday morning and lower our times. We rode on used tyres all day to see how the bike behaved after a lot of laps. In the afternoon, after the rain fell, we improved a bit in some places, but I think we still have some work to do. The positive thing is that since the test in Malaysia we have improved with the electronics, and we hope to take an important step forward in the setup of the bike at the Qatar test, especially with the new compound for the front tyre that will be brought there for us."