Honda duo begin three-day test

Honda headed to the MWC Marco Simoncelli track on a high after claiming a 1-2 finish in Germany on Sunday, but there was little time to celebrate as Marquez and Pedrosa soon got down to business.

The pair were racing on the newly laid tarmac for the first time, with the circuit having undergone renovations earlier in the year. The result was a much faster track that was enjoyed by both riders.

"The new surface is very good and much fewer bumps than before and I am happy with it – they have done a good job," said Pedrosa.

Having familiarised themselves with the circuit once more, it was down to the business of addressing some of the Honda's shortcomings.

"In the afternoon we focused more on the setup of the bike as this is a good circuit to work on the issue we have of sliding with the rear entering some corner," explained Marquez.
"We found something good but tomorrow we have to continue working on this area as I’m still not 100% happy. We will also test the 2016 prototype HRC have brought here.”

Pedrosa added: "It is very positive to have few days testing in this part of the season, trying to find a ‘base setup’ that can work everywhere as due to my injury that forced me to stop for 3 GPs, we still have some work to do comparing with a normal season. 

"When we are here for the race the temperature won’t be so high and for sure the lap times will be better. I’m happy with the work done today and looking forward to check the new prototype tomorrow!"