Jonathan Rea continued to acclimatise to the challenge of a MotoGP bike after getting his second run on a Honda RC213V at Aragon. The Briton was 2.696s slower than his pacesetting teammate Dani Pedrosa on Tuesday but continued to make progress in understanding the new machine.
Rea will join Pedrosa for another day of testing tomorrow before heading to the Nurburgring for World Superbike action and faces a busy last day at Aragon before potentially making his Grand Prix debut in two weeks time.
“Today I was just getting a good feeling between me and the machine because it still feels very strange. I had to work a lot on my brake style today; normally in Superbike I don’t use so much rear brake but here it seems that I have to learn to use it in every corner! Just concentrating on this and getting a better setting on the brakes and trying to do longer runs on the tyres because for me it’s very different at the end. I feel comfortable on the bike, the riding position is good, but I just need to understand how the traction control is working, what happens when the tyres drop down and be more comfortable with the setup”.
Pedrosa’s main focus was with the suspension and electronics as he searched for improved rear traction and will continue with the same plan tomorrow.
“In the morning we did some laps to get back into the rhythm and remember the lines on this track, then in the afternoon we really started to work on the bike set up. We worked a lot with the suspension trying to improve the rear grip especially and with the mapping and electronics to make the bike smoother. The track conditions will be better tomorrow, so the target is to stick with the same plan, try the same things and see if we can improve a little more with the suspension because the configuration today was not perfect. This is the last test of the season, so it’s important to take advantage of it for the upcoming races and see if we can get something else from the bike”.