Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa completed the three day tire test at Phillip Island in second place.
After a demanding six days of track time in the past eight days Pedrosa will now recover and prepare physically for the start of the season at Qatar.
Dani Pedrosa racked up 88 laps as the three-day Phillip Island tire test began on Monday. The sole Repsol Honda Team rider present, the three-time premier class championship runner-up completed more laps than any other rider present.
Following the tire-related problems of the 2013 Australian Grand Prix, this week’s test features new tires from both Bridgestone (MotoGP) and Dunlop (Moto2). In Pedrosa’s case, the Spaniard started Monday on last year’s tires in order to compare them with the 2014 bike, before conducting short runs (each of a minimum of six laps) as research started with the new experimental tires.
From Monday to Wednesday this week (March 3-5), the Factory MotoGP teams of Honda, Yamaha and Ducati will be on-track at Phillip Island as they and two Moto2 squads engage in a tire-focused test at the Australian circuit.
Following last year’s Australian Grand Prix – when the premier class race was divided into two halves by pit-stops and the Moto2 event was shortened, due to the abrasive new track surface leading to severe tire wear – it was decided to organize this test at the island track which will host the 16th round of the 2014 season.
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi and Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa concluded the second Sepang MotoGP test with an identical 1:59.999 lap time, as preparations for the 2014 season continued in Malaysia.
Meanwhile, after testing concluded the Ducati Team confirmed their decision to enter the ‘Open’ class in 2014, meaning that they will use standard electronics software and will benefit from the greater engine allocation permitted in the new regulations.
Dani Pedrosa ended the second day of February’s second Sepang test at the top of the pile, with track conditions somewhat better than on Wednesday.
In the continued absence of his injured World Champion teammate Marc Marquez, who will not return to testing before the season opener at Qatar, Pedrosa shoulders the responsibility in finalizing Repsol Honda’s preparations for the 2014 season. He stepped up to the plate late on Thursday with a 2:00.039 best effort as the track cooled in the early evening.