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.
On his penultimate lap of the Phillip Island tire safety test Jorge Lorenzo set the best time of the three day visit with a late 1:29.068 best effort.
In the absence of injured World Champion Marc Marquez, recovering from a broken leg in Spain, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo dominated the Australian test posting the top time on all three days.
Valentino Rossi is confident that Bridgestone should now be in a decision to choose a Phillip Island-specific tire for this year’s race, even though one day of tire-based testing still remains at Phillip Island this week.
On Tuesday, the second of three days of this week’s test, Rossi focused more on comparing various tires of rubber en route to fourth position on the timesheet.
Two-time premier class World Champion Jorge Lorenzo reduced the leading lap time as the Phillip Island tire test continued on Tuesday. The Yamaha Factory Racing rider headed Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso, while Tito Rabat set a blistering place in Moto2.
This week’s three-day test follows the Australian Grand Prix of 2013, at which both Bridgestone and Dunlop were caught out by the greater average speeds on the new Phillip Island track surface and for this reason are conducting the test to avoid a repeat of such tIre issues later this season.
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.