Dani Pedrosa concedes there is plenty of work ahead at the Sepang MotoGP Test after running into several problems with the Repsol Honda RC213V on day one.
Pedrosa managed to set the third fastest time behind the Movistar Yamaha pair of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi in 2m 01.780s, but the Spaniard says much more progress is needed.
“Today was not the easiest day, it's obvious we had some problems with the bike, we need to work. But the positive thing is that Honda knows about it, and Honda is working a lot from Japan, they are putting in a lot of effort,” said Pedrosa, who was 1.096s down on Lorenzo.
“So I do the same and try to share the best information with them and approach the problems we have and try to find the best way out of the problems.
“For tomorrow we will try to finish the test with some improvement from today. At the same time, having some experience with the Michelin, they have changed some front tyres, and we will be testing some different front tyres. But obviously some work to do, and looking forward to improve.”
Pressed on the biggest issues he experienced in Malaysia on the opening day of the three-day test, Pedrosa highlighted chassis and engine problems as the key factors.
“We have some chassis and engine problems we have to fix with the new electronics, to make the bike fast through the track. Basically, braking, entry and exit, we have to make the bike work better,” said Pedrosa, who tried two engines on Monday.
“We have some issue out of the corner, we have some pumping; sometimes the bike is unstable into the turn, or the corner speed is not the best. So we need to find the best balance on the bike to make it work better with the tyres and the electronics.
“There was some difference [between the two engines], but at the same time, as I said, with the new electronics it's so hard to really judge, to see the things which the bike is doing on the track – to see whether they are from the engine or the electronics.
“I think tomorrow we will have two the same engines, to make sure we can develop a little bit better for the chassis side.”
Pedrosa remains unsure over whether or not the new Michelin tyres will ultimately suit his style, although he admits that the rubber is improving all the time.
“Every time they are improving, they are closing the target; you get more front feeling, there are every time less crashes, but we have to still get more chances,” he said.
“We can see that Jorge was very fast on the first day and clearly ahead, so we have to stay focused and try to improve little by little.
“I don't know, actually [if tyres will suit him]. My feeling with the tyres is not bad, but obviously I need some more riding and get more used to the tyres to know the tyres better because they are changing quite often the compound and the constructions to improve the tyres.
“Almost every test we have a different front and you need time with the front. But I hope yes, they will suit me, because you need to be smooth on the new electronics, you need to be smooth on the new tyres,” he added.
“Obviously we have some problems with the bike, which are maybe affecting the final result of the lap times.
“We need to work. We need to try to improve a little bit. We hope to finish this test with some improvement. For the rest, [I will] just keep the head down and try to exchange with Honda the best information from the track and from Japan and get the most benefit out of it.”