Motorcycle Racing is a sport of fragile balances, made evident by a fairly disappointing 2015 season thus far for the two times (and the reigning) world champion Marc Marquez as he has suffered from a bucket load of issues with his 2015 RC213V centring around the ferocious power it produces, causing engine braking and rear wheel spinning issues hindering Marquez's charge this year.
However, Marquez won the Sachsenring round with sheer domination as he is used to, but there is a huge scope of improvement before he feels at ease with his RC213V. Thus, the undergoing Misano test means a lot for Honda, giving them time to work upon a cure for the issues being faced. The day 2 of the test saw the 2016 RC213V for first time taking to the track under the Honda Factory riders. Testing under severe heat where temperatures touching 37° and track temperatures of over 60°C, the Honda riders got the taste of the 2106 bike as they took it for its first run out ahead of next year. Aiming, essentially to check the direction that development of the bike was taking. Something, for which Marquez has said, was the wrong direction, but that is in itself useful information.
Both Honda riders, Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez spent time working on a setup of the bike, Marc worked upon at the front end of the bike, which improved his feeling. The problems with braking remain, but are much improved. Whereas Pedrosa's concentration was once again on finding a base setup, and a direction to pursue for the rest of the season. That had been a success, Pedrosa judged. However, Marquez crashed towards the end of the day, but it was a relatively harmless crash, caused due to him pushing just a little too hard on exceptionally hot tarmac.
The Day 3 of the official Misano Test has been scheduled for the Michelin tyre testing, saty with us as we update you with more details from the test.