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Repsol Honda MotoGP Team Turns Laps on 2015 Race Machine at Automotodrom Brno

July 18th, 2014 at 9:36 AM
By Wendy Black
The last three days have been something of a meet-and-greet for Repsol Honda’s MotoGP team and their 2015 machinery. Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa took advantage of the three-weekend hiatus in the MotoGP World Championships to participate in a test at the Czech Republic’s Automotodrom Brno. Over the course of the test, both riders put their current 2014 race bikes through their paces and got to try out the machines they’ll be racing next year.
Reigning World Champion Marquez spent most of the test focusing on the Repsol Honda RC213V that he’s raced to a so-far undefeated 2014 season. But he also spent some quality with the bike that he will contest for 2015. Overall Marquez turned almost 100 laps on the bike that has served him so well this year and focused on corner speed. He spent about a quarter of his time on the 2015 bike, offering feedback to his team for the upcoming season.
"The test has gone pretty well, especially on this final day as the track had a good level of grip,” Marquez said. “The times began to look good and we were able to try out some other things as well as confirm some feelings on the 2015 prototype. Overall, the most important thing that we take away from this test is that we were able to try this new bike and give some positive feedback. 
“Moreover,” Marquez continued. “Honda also brought us some new parts for our current RC213V machine and we were able to test with the electronics and the brakes, plus some different setups to what we have been using up to now. We are happy with how it went, because we've put in a lot of laps and gathered a lot of data. Now we can take a break, which we all certainly deserve." 

Repsol Honda teammate Pedrosa also spent the majority of the test with his current ride, turning in approximately 60 laps with a priority on mapping settings. Sitting right behind current MotoGP points leader Marquez in the overall championship standings, Pedrosa spent just 16 laps on the 2015 race bike prototype.
"In the end we have put in a lot of laps,” Pedrosa said. “The weather was good to us and we were able to try many things, in particular some small adjustments to the bike. Some changes have been made thinking more about the future, but others can be used more immediately at the next few races. 
“Overall I am happy with the three days, because we have been able to take some steps forward with the electronics,” Pedrosa continued. “We'll see if that gives us any improvement on the bike. We were also able to test the new bike and put in our first kilometers with it, but we will have to keep testing it further down the line in order to continue to with development.”
According to the team, both riders used the three-day test not only familiarize themselves with next year’s equipment but also to prepare themselves for the second half of the 2014 season, which resumes with the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix in mid-August.

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