Repsol Honda team tests new 2015 MotoGP bike
17 July 2014 – Repsol Honda duo Marc Márquez and Dani Pedrosa got their first taste of next year's bike this week at Brno.
After tricky weather conditions on Tuesday, they spent the majority of Wednesday morning aboard the current RC213V and then just before lunch Márquez exited on the 2015 model. Pedrosa soon followed and both riders then returned to the pit box to give their feedback to the team and the additional HRC engineers, who have joined for this test.
In total Márquez completed 53 laps on the current machine - suffering a small crash again in turn five - and 20 laps on the 2015 prototype, highlighting corner speed improvements.
Pedrosa did 41 laps on his 2014 bike, concentrating on mapping settings, and 16 laps on the new prototype.
"Today we put in plenty of laps, all of them on a dry surface. The weather was more stable and allowed us to try a lot of things," said Pedrosa.
"The track still didn't have too much grip, but we were able to put more kilometres under our belts and get a first impression of the new bike.
"The new machine is still in its infancy, but we have some good ideas for when we next get a chance to test it - at the end of the year."
The test will now conclude today.