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Pedrosa: “Compared to Valencia we have made a step"

Pedrosa: “Compared to Valencia we have made a step'

Dani Pedrosa focuses on engine testing on the second day of a three day test in Jerez.

The Repsol Honda team continued their testing programme in Jerez as the December first testing ban looms. Now back up to speed on the Jerez circuit, Dani Pedrosa completed 53 laps with a best time of 1’40.10. Conditions had started cool, but by midmorning both Pedrosa and Marc Marquez were able to carry on as normal as the temperature rose. Pedrosa’s main mission for Thursday was to compare the 2015 and provisional 2016 engine as well as the new Magnetti Marelli electronic package. The new engine offered some improvements; by also saw drawbacks over the 2015 model.

One of the Honda’s main weaknesses in 2015 was an overly aggressive engine, an issue that all concerned are eager to improve. Since Valencia Pedrosa and his team have also made significant progress with the new unified software and are continue to learn it, no longer struggling as in Valencia. Experience is key with the Magnetti Marelli package and Friday will off Pedrosa one final chance to work before the winter testing ban.

Dani Pedrosa: “Today we continued our test programme focusing on the engine in particular. We don’t have a clear direction yet, we are working hard and don’t want to make a mistake. There are still positives and negatives concerning the new engine so we must take our time as we must make the correct choice for next year. Compared to Valencia we have certainly made a step with the new electronics and it’s a little better. We struggled everywhere in Valencia but here it’s all a lot smoother but still we have to get more experience with it. The lap times aren’t that good in general but they are similar to yesterday, so not clear if it’s the track or tyres."

MotoGP, 2016, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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