MotoGP: Phillip Island Test - Repsol Honda Day One Report

Dani Pedrosa race action shot

Repsol Honda Press Release:

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa has finished the first day of the three-day tire test in Australia, completing 88 laps (more than any other MotoGP rider) with a best lap of 1'29.961 on lap 43 placing him 4th.

Bridgestone brought eight rear slick tires per rider to this test – two 2013 specification tires and six new experimental tires with changes to construction, compound and shape. Today, Dani’s program was to start on the 2013 tires – for comparison purposes– and then perform short runs (of at least 6 laps) on the experimental tires to collect initial data.

Tomorrow and Wednesday longer runs of 15 laps or more will be requested, depending on weather, to gather sufficient information to take back to Bridgestone in Japan. If possible, they would like each rider to complete a full race simulation on the final day.

Repsol Honda Paddock shot

Dani Pedrosa #26:

1:29.961, 88 laps, 394 km.

"Today we only tested a little with the first batch of tires – in particular the rear slick that we had available. To start with I just rode for myself, in order to regain my feel for this track, and then after lunch I began the testing workload with the new compounds. We've been evaluating the different tires that have been brought here, and tomorrow we will continue our testing with another compound. Obviously I can't give any information about how I felt with the various tires, as at the moment that is all confidential."


1. Jorge Lorenzo    Yamaha    1:29.213

2. Cal Crutchlow    Ducati    1:29.576    +0.363

3. Valentino Rossi    Yamaha    1:29.730    +0.517

4. Dani Pedrosa    Repsol Honda    1:29.961    +0.748

5. Andrea Dovizioso    Ducati    1:29.965    +0.752

For more information: Repsol Honda Team