Márquez, Pedrosa enjoy F3 runs at Motegi
4 December 2017 – Repsol Honda pair Marc Márquez and Dani Pedrosa revelled in their experience of Formula 3 machinery after sampling the car as part of Honda's Thanks Day at Motegi.
MotoGP champion Márquez and Pedrosa were in attendance at the manufacturer's annual gathering, and completed demonstration runs in Japanese Formula 3-spec machinery.
Stoffel Vandoorne and Jenson Button were also present, and demonstrated historic McLaren-Honda cars, while Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly took to the track, running in his Super Formula car.
Indianapolis 500 victor Takuma Sato drove his race-winning car, and completed a lap alongside Márquez, who rode the RC213V he used to clinch a fourth premier class title.
"We had the chance to drive an F3 car," said Márquez.
"It was a new experience that I liked a lot, so thanks to Honda for this special treat.
"It was also an honour to make a lap together with Takuma."
Pedrosa added: "I really enjoyed driving the F3 car; I think it was one of the best experiences I've ever had at Honda Thanks Day, and one of the best overall apart from riding my MotoGP bike!
"Last year we tried the NSX, which was very nice, but this time was even better – maybe because I could feel the air, like on my bike.
"It's possible to brake so late into the corners, and the entire time that I was driving I was thinking about what it would be like in an F1 car!
"It was an amazing experience."