Pedrosa sets the fastest time in Buriram, Marquez shows the best pace
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Pedrosa sets the fastest time in Buriram, Marquez shows the best pace
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Today in Thailand, the Repsol Honda Team concluded another very productive session of testing that saw Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa continue working on the general development of their RC213V, carrying out tests on the latest engine configuration, chassis, aerodynamics, and Michelin tyres. Over the three days, Marc completed a total of 271 laps, Dani 224.

Dani set the fastest time of the day and the best overall in 1’29.781” on lap 77 of 78, also completing a 15-lap long run in the morning.

Marc completed a very impressive race simulation in the afternoon, featuring a long string of high-1’30” laps. His quickest time today was a 1’30.143” on lap 27 of 96, the fourth-fastest among all riders (yesterday’s best of 1’29.969” places him third in the combined classification).

The Repsol Honda riders will now fly to Jakarta, Indonesia, for the official Team Launch on 20 February.

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Dani Pedrosa - 1st 1'29.781 on lap 77 of 78

“We leave Thailand with positive feelings. The test was quite tough as the temperatures were high, and we worked really hard over the three days. In the end we didn’t have many tyres left, so we had to carefully manage the planning of our work. We worked on many aspects of the bike’s setup, and step-by-step we improved our speed and pace. Among other things, today we tested a carbon swing arm that’s a new area for us to work on, so we’re still in the process of learning and of finding the feeling. I’m very happy with the job my team is doing at the track, and with what the engineers are doing back in Japan. They’re really helping us to improve, and this is good and gives us confidence. Hopefully we’ll be able to continue this trend at the final test in Qatar, which will be very interesting as conditions will be different.”

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Marc Marquez - 4th (3rd in the Combined Standings) 1'30.143 on lap 27 of 96 (1’29.969 in the Combined Standings)

“I’m very, very happy with what we did today, as we completed many laps and were able to improve the bike’s setup in several areas. Our lap times today were slower than yesterday, but we worked differently and I didn’t push for a time attack. We completed a 20-lap long run with a strong pace, and I also felt good from a physical-conditioning point of view, which was very satisfying. Today we worked on some new things, including a carbon swing arm that we had actually already tried, so we were able to do some back-to-back tests. Of course we’re just starting our work on that, so we’re still in the phase where there are both positives and negatives and we need to understand it better. The new aerodynamics was quite positive, I liked it today. It requires a little bit different riding style, but I managed to be very consistent on used tyres with it so I’m happy about that as well.”

1 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'29.781
2 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.086
3 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.283
4 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.362
5 RINS Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.397
6 MILLER Jack 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 0.409
7 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.411
8 NAKAGAMI Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.675
9 RABAT Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 0.695
10 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.730
11 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 0.792
12 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.809
13 MORBIDELLI Franco 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 0.867
14 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.920
15 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.937
16 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.140
17 KALLIO Mika 36 FIN KTM Test Team KTM 1.388
18 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.530
19 LUTHI Tom 12 SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1.573
20 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1.705
21 SYAHRIN Hafizh 55 MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1.756
22 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 1.846
23 SIMEON Xavier 10 BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2.238
24 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 2.243
18-02-2018, 04:17 PM
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