May 18, 2024

MotoGP: Repsol Honda Endures Inclement Weather at Australian Test


Honda Racing Corporation Press Release:

Day one of the test at Phillip Island was affected by poor weather conditions, with intermittent light rainfall and strong winds, and maximum air and track temperatures of 23° C and 30° C, respectively.

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa was the first rider to take to the track this morning, just over an hour into the session, with his teammate Marc Marquez—who celebrates his 23rd birthday today—following immediately afterward. Both riders were aiming to sort out the Michelin wet and intermediate spec tires, which they had not tested before, and their electronics’ rain settings.

The day allowed a few laps in full-wet conditions, during which the riders received some positive feedback, both from the bike settings and the rain tires. Marc managed to make one lap on the intermediates spec tire, with which he set his best time. The track improved slightly toward the end of the session, but there were only few minutes with almost totally dry track and both Repsol Honda riders decided not to go out.

The Repsol Honda riders’ best efforts for the day were 1’35.354 on lap 18 of 20 for Marc on intermediate tires, and 1’40.138 on lap 15 of 15 for Dani on wet tires. Testing will continue for two more days.


Marc Marquez #93:

1’35.354 20 Laps

“This first day in Australia went well, but the weather made things difficult. We tried wet tires on the first two runs today and I felt quite comfortable, with plenty of rear grip. It was also important to test the electronics in these conditions, because it was the first time we had a chance to use them in the wet, and they worked well. I did some laps on the intermediate tyre. Anyway, it’s hard to know when you should use them. It’s a pity because it was difficult to gather data; the conditions were constantly changing between wet and drying out, due to the intermittent rain and wind. At the end of the day it improved a little, but we decided not to go out again because the weather forecast is better for tomorrow.”


Dani Pedrosa #26

1’40.138 15 Laps

“Today it rained almost all day—especially in the morning—and when I saw that the track was completely wet I decided to go out, because at this track you usually don’t have these conditions, due to the strong wind that always dries the asphalt quickly. The feeling was good and it was a positive run, because I did a few laps in these different conditions to test the bike, electronics and tires at the same time. Everything was different from what we had before, so we have to go step-by-step. I would have liked to put in more laps in the wet, but eventually part of the circuit dried out and the track was neither fully dry nor fully wet. Some riders went out on slicks, but it was still raining a little and the conditions weren’t easy, so we preferred to stay in the garage. Instead, we’ll go back out again tomorrow to check everything if the weather improves.”

MotoGP 2016 February 17th 2016 Testing   Australian Test Results – Day 1:

1     Petrucci Danilo     9     ITA     Octo Pramac Racing     Ducati     1’31.764
2     Vinales Maverick     25     SPA     Team Suzuki Ecstar     Suzuki     0.719
3     Smith Bradley     38     GBR     Monster Yamaha Tech 3     Yamaha     0.826
4     Redding Scott     45     GBR     Octo Pramac Racing     Ducati     1.100
5     Crutchlow Cal     35     GBR     LCR Honda     Honda     1.184
6     Rossi Valentino     46     ITA     Movistar Yamaha MotoGP     Yamaha     1.324
7     Espargaro Pol     44     SPA     Monster Yamaha Tech 3     Yamaha     1.362
8     Hernandez Yonny     68     COL     Aspar MotoGP Team     Ducati     2.077
9     Miller Jack     43     AUS     Marc VDS Racing Team     Honda     2.228
10     Iannone Andrea     29     ITA     Ducati Team     Ducati     2.228
11     Rabat Tito     53     SPA     Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS     Honda     3.509
12     Marquez Marc     93     SPA     Repsol Honda Team     Honda     3.590
13     Espargaro Aleix     41     SPA     Team Suzuki Ecstar     Suzuki     3.820
14     Laverty Eugene     50     IRE     Aspar MotoGP Team     Ducati     3.915
15     Tsuda Takuya     22     JPN     Suzuki Test Team     Suzuki     4.402
16     Lorenzo Jorge     99     SPA     Movistar Yamaha MotoGP     Yamaha     8.061
17     Pedrosa Dani     26     SPA     Repsol Honda Team     Honda     8.374
18     Dovizioso Andrea     4     ITA     Ducati Team     Ducati

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