Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez were understandably delighted with the final day of testing in Malaysia after finishing first and second. Pedrosa returned to the top after being usurped by Jorge Lorenzo on day two and was pleased to end the week on a high.
“This morning we were able to try out the wet weather setup; it was only for a short time, but nevertheless we were able to put in some laps with it. In the afternoon, with the track dry and with slicks, we continued working on suspension settings. Overall, it’s been a positive three days. Now we’re off to Austin, and this is going to be an interesting test for the team and for myself. We’ve never ridden there and it’s a new track”.
Marquez had his second crash of pre-season in the damp conditions but once the circuit had dried out, took the opportunity to display his electrifying pace once again.
“It’s been a good day, overall. In the morning we rode in the wet and I felt very good on the bike, even though I had a small crash. I clipped the white line and lost the front, but neither myself nor the bike were affected at all. When the track dried out we went back to our work on the electronics and with the bike setup -above all with the front. On the initial laps I didn’t feel completely comfortable with the front end and had another small crash at the hairpin when I was forcing it a bit too much. In the final hour we set the bike up the way we had been fastest at this test, and I think that we got a good time again with it. We can leave here feeling positive about how things went”.