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Pedrosa tries 2014 Honda, won’t use in 'short term'

19 June 2013

Dani Pedrosa completed his first 'shakedown' laps on a prototype version of the 2014 Honda RC213V MotoGP machine, but will not race it in the short term.

The world championship leader completed 62 laps of the Aragon circuit - alongside Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki riders - during testing on Wednesday, finishing the day third fastest with a best time of 1m 48.928 set on his current bike.

"It's been a positive day of testing,” he said. “We focused more on the actual bike doing several tests with different rear shocks to find more grip especially in the exit of the corners. I am quite happy as we found something good.”

Pedrosa, whose best lap time was 0.852s from Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo and half-a-second from team-mate Marc Marquez, then said of the 2014 machine:

“We also did a kind of 'shakedown' of the 2014 prototype. I did just two exits and a total of nine laps, basically to get the first impression and give to the engineers some feedback. The bike is ok, but at the moment we need more time to understand it, so in the short term I will not use it.”

Pedrosa - who switched to a 2013 prototype in July of last season - will not test on Thursday, when Marquez intends to try the 2014 machine.


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