Marquez and Pedrosa Finish Final Test On Top

Marquez and Pedrosa Finish Final Test On Top

Written by  on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 17:07

November 12, 2014- The sun re-emerged today in Valencia, after rain almost completely wrecked testing yesterday. After the track had dried out, the riders finally took to the circuit around 12pm local time, with Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa looking to complete a busy test schedule.

It was Marc's first outing on the updated 2015 prototype (since Brno test) and it proved very valuable for the HRC engineers. Marc reported positively on some areas, including the chassis front end, but admitted the engine braking, exit of corner and also rear of the chassis still needs work. His fastest time of 1'30.973 (just 0.130 off Rossi's pole time on Saturday) on lap 58 of 68 (aboard the 2014 machine) placed him fastest on this final day.

Dani, who spent a few laps on the new machine on Monday, continued his test programme today and commented on the more powerful Honda engine. He also confessed the new 2015 RC213V needs some fine tuning before the lights go out in Qatar at the end of March. His time of 1'31.119 (lap 23/57) – on the 2015 prototype – put him in second place behind his teammate.

This is the final MotoGP test before the Winter testing ban kicks in at the end of November. The next time Marc and Dani will be on track will be in Malaysia in February 2015.


Team Quotes

1st - 1'30.973 (68 laps)

"Today went well because we were able to gather a lot of data. We tried out both bikes: this year's and the 2015 machine. The new prototype has more potential in some aspects but, as is normal, I felt better with the 2014 bike - with which I set my fastest time. It's true that in one day we have not had too much time to work on setting up the new prototype, but I think that it has potential and that this test has been important for Honda because of the information obtained. The HRC engineers have also found out which way to go this Winter to try to improve for the test in Malaysia, which takes place in February. Thanks to all my team and to all the fans for an unforgettable 2014!"


DANI PEDROSA: 2nd - 1'31.119 (57 laps)

"Today testing was a lot more productive. The weather allowed us to set better times and we were able to put in a lot of laps to try out things with the new engine and new bike. Overall the test has been positive and the job of all our colleagues in HRC this Winter will be very important. The technicians here in Valencia have gathered a lot of data to take back to Japan and I'm sure we'll see a big development when we're back on track in Sepang next year."


  Valencia Post Race Test

Pos.     Rider                    Num.    Nation                  Team                      Constructor     Time/Gap

1        Marc Marquez           93       ESP           Repsol Honda Team             HONDA         1'30.973

2        Dani Pedrosa            26       ESP           Repsol Honda Team             HONDA          1'31.119

3        Jorge Lorenzo           99       ESP       Movistar Yamaha MotoGP        YAMAHA        1'31.164

4        Pol Espargaro           44       ESP        Monster Yamaha Tech 3         YAMAHA        1'31.288

5       Valentino Rossi          46       ITA         Movistar Yamaha MotoGP       YAMAHA        1'31.301

6       Bradley Smith            38       GBR        Monster Yamaha Tech 3         YAMAHA        1'31.365

7       Danilo Petrucci            9       ITA              Pramac Racing                    DUCATI         1'31.665

8       Cal Crutchlow             35      GBR           CWM LCR Honda                  HONDA        1'31.774

9       Yonny Hernandez       68      COL        Energy T.I. Pramac Racing        DUCATI         1'31.914

10     Aleix Espargaro          41      ESP           Team Suzuki MotoGP            SUZUKI         1'31.973

11     Hector Barbera             8      ESP           Avintia Racing MotoGP          DUCATI         1'32.007

12     Michele Pirro              51      ITA                Ducati Test Team               DUCATI         1'32.113

13     Nicky Hayden             69      USA                Drive M7 Aspar                 HONDA         1'32.173

14     Scott Redding             45     GBR     Team Estrella Galicia Marc VDS   HONDA         1'32.621

15     Stefan Bradl                 6      GER       NGM Mobile Forward Racing     YAMAHA       1'32.784

16     Alvaro Bautista           19      ESP           Factory Aprilia Gresini            APRILIA        1'32.810

17     Mike Di Meglio            63      FRA          Avintia Racing MotoGP           DUCATI         1'32.922

18    Maverick Vinales          25      ESP          Team Suzuki MotoGP             SUZUKI        1'33.216

19    Loris Baz                    76       FRA     NGM Mobile Forward Racing       YAMAHA       1'33.486

20    Eugene Laverty            50      IRL                 Drive M7 Aspar                  HONDA         1''33.509

21    Jack Miller                   43      AUS             CWM LCR Honda                HONDA         1'33.746

22    Marco Melandri            33      ITA             Factory Aprilia Gresini            APRILIA        1'34.336

From: Repsol Honda Team



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