Dani Pedrosa remains upbeat about the state of Repsol Honda’s 2013 challenger despite being knocked off the top of the timesheets for the first time this year. The Spaniard was usurped by Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo but nevertheless completed close to three race distances in terms of laps, giving the team plenty to work with ahead of tomorrow’s final day.

“I’m satisfied. Today we were able to put in a lot of laps and we focused on testing things out with the front and rear suspension. It was a hard day, due to the high temperatures, but despite the heat we completed various tasks that we had scheduled in. Now we have to recuperate ahead of the final day tomorrow, in which we will continue to improve the bike”.

Teammate Marc Marquez was fourth fastest on a day which saw him experiment with different settings to improve the RC213V and the Moto2 champion admits he is still learning how to get the best out of his new machinery.

“It was a pretty good day for us. Today we did something that is a little harder for riders, which is trying out a lot of things to give information to the technicians. It’s tough, but it is an important job when it comes to deciding which way to go with the setup. We did a good job on the 64 laps that I rode today. Now we have to compile the data and prepare as well as possible for the final day of the test – in which we will continue to put the laps in and look for the best direction to follow this preseason”.