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Pedrosa: “It’s still not clear about the engine”

Pedrosa: “It’s still not clear about the engine”

A comprehensive three-day test in Jerez concludes with 77 laps on Friday for Dani Pedrosa.

Three days of private testing in Jerez concluded for the Repsol Honda team with both riders able to collect valuable data in relation to the new tyres, software and the choice of Honda engine for 2016. The data will now be taken back to Japan where HRC will begin work in the factory to finalise the 2016 Honda machine. The engine of this bike has been a major working point, but Dani Pedrosa still remains unclear about what is needed to improve it, unsure if the issue was with the engine or the new unified software.

A total of 77 laps produced a best time of 1’39.93 for Pedrosa but he is well aware that more work must be done. Electronics are still the major area that Pedrosa feels need improving, the official Sepang test in February will be the next chance Pedrosa gets to sample the bike. As in 2015, the 2016 will see the engine frozen during the year making a correct choice of engine vital to success in the World Championship.

Dani Pedrosa: “Today we did many laps as the temperature was a little warmer so we started earlier and finished later. We managed a lot of runs testing some things where I was losing the way. It’s still not clear about the engine as we’re having some issues and we’re not sure if it’s due to the engine or the Magneti Marelli electronics. In any case, we must work with these electronics so we have to find the best compromise and in this moment we have a lot of information but it’s not apparent which is a better fit. We did two long runs with each to have a better comparison, but I need to speak more with the technicians about this to determine a direction. It’s been a busy year, and I’d like to thank everyone at Honda for their support, now it’s time for a break!"

MotoGP, 2016, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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