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Dani Pedrosa opts for a careful approach as the MotoGP™ World Championship riders begin testing for 2016.
The MotoGP™ World Championship is all change for 2016: new tyres and new software will see the biggest shakeup to the grid since Bridgestone became the exclusive tyre supplier in 2009. From 2016 onwards Michelin will supply the MotoGP™ paddock with tyres and the field will run a standard Magneti Marelli ECU and software package. Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa started the day by using his 2015 RC213V to run the Michelin tyres and fully understand the changes necessary to both his riding style and his bike to adapt. In the afternoon Pedrosa tested the spec ECU with software as well as testing a 2016 version of the Honda with revised frame and engine.
The software is still in its basic stages and Pedrosa feels there is still much work to be done to improve the level of the electronics. In terms of tyres, Pedrosa took a slow approach as he wished to avoid any incidents or crashes. The day ended with the Spaniard third fastest, teammate Marc Marquez leading the way. Testing continues on Wednesday in Valencia where riders will be hoping for more clear skies and warm temperatures.
Dani Pedrosa: “Today was a rather different day. We have done a lot of work, but it is also important to take things slowly. We had the new tyres, so at first we were careful with in order to progressively get a feel for them and understand their reaction with the asphalt at this track. Later on we tried the new Magneti Marelli electronics and the first feeling we have is that they are very much in the preliminary stage and certainly a step backwards. Right now the electronics are still giving us a lot of problems and are difficult to use. We have to work hard to understand it and see what parameters we should concentrate on more. It’s also a job for the rider, because you must gain experience in order to understand what you have and what you don’t, compared with the previous version."
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