Dani Pedrosa was content following the first day of this week’s Sepang MotoGP test, finishing third quickest on Tuesday afternoon.
The 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix winner ended proceedings inside the top three, jumping ahead of Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo in the dying minutes of the session as Repsol Honda Team partner Marc Marquez remained quickest.
“It was a very long, hard day,” Pedrosa said. “We put in a lot of laps and, despite us being fresh as it’s the first day, I’m sure that tomorrow I’ll be feeling it. It was fun, as I had not been on the bike for a long time and was curious to see how I would feel after my (left collarbone) operation last year.
“In general, things went well and we focused on trying out the rear brakes, clutch and engine mapping today. Tomorrow we will work on the chassis and the new tires. The bike seems very similar to last year’s model; we still need more time to work on things, but it appears as if there are no huge differences required in terms of riding style.”
One of the most visual differences on the Honda RC213V is a larger air intake on the front of the fairing, designed to improve throttle response on corner exit as well as a bid to increase top speeds.
“I’m happy with how this first day went and to have achieved my goal of regaining my feeling on the bike,” 2013 champion Marquez said. “Of course, at the start I was a little stiff, but gradually I was able to pick up the pace. Today I tested the new rear tire from Bridgestone, and it felt similar to last year.”
With Marquez topping the timesheets, he picked up where he left off at the Ricardo Tormo test which followed the season-ending Valencia Grand Prix last November.