Honda 'getting closer' with electronics
17 February 2017 – Marc Márquez says that Honda is "getting closer" to achieving the optimal level with its electronics package, after the second of three pre-season tests at Phillip Island.
World Champion Márquez topped the first day of running at the Australian Grand Prix venue, before finishing second to Yamaha rival Maverick Viñales on Thursday and Friday.
Despite featuring at the sharp end, he has repeatedly called for improvements to the link between Honda's electronics and bike, and reckons solid progress was made this week.
"I'm very happy with how it went today as we improved a lot, especially in the afternoon, even if I did my best lap time in the morning," said Márquez, who finished 0.294s adrift of Viñales.
"In the end, I felt much more comfortable [on the bike], and it seems that yesterday's long runs were useful for improving the electronics and getting closer to the level we wanted to reach."
Qatar's Losail circuit will host the final pre-season test from March 10-12.
"Overall, I think it has been three very positive days, and we did a good job, [but] we shouldn't forget that this circuit is quite particular, and in Qatar we'll see where we really are," he added.
"I'm very thankful that [Honda] is putting in a lot of effort; step-by-step we're getting better."
Dani Pedrosa put his Honda third on the final day, after overcoming a fever.