Perhaps the most telling answer of the second day of MotoGP testing at Sepang came from Dani Pedrosa. Asked to identify the area in which Honda suffers most with the 2016 Magneti Marelli software, the Spaniard replied, 'everywhere.'
Along with enduring a fast fall at turn five, which he later blamed on a cold front tyre, and ending the day a distant twelfth on the timesheets, Pedrosa came to realise that HRC's new 'evo' spec engine had “no big difference” on the overly aggressive version he tested in the autumn of 2015.
Pedrosa and his crew worked through various changes while solely using the new engine but again found that progress was stuttering. Some changes worked, others didn't.
“No, [the engine] is not really a big difference from the one we used at the end of the year ," he said. "We are still analysing what is going to give us a little bit more of an advantage.
“What you can improve in the electronics is the way you set up the bike,” continued the three-time world champion. “The way to understand. If you have a problem, how to fix it. It takes a lot of time. You must make sure that when you change it's the proper change.
“We did some changes today but sometimes it was a little bit better, sometimes no. Like I said, it was very hard today because the rear tyre was hard because of the morning problem. Anyway, the grip was not so good.”
Pedrosa's fastest lap of the day, set on soft tyres, stopped the clocks more than half a second after Marc Marquez. And like his younger team-mate, Pedrosa identified acceleration as the area in which he faces the greatest problems.
What's more, the electronics are not aiding tyre degradation. “I cannot imagine that [the end of the race] at this moment because I didn't push for many laps,” he said. “But for sure the rear tyre must be better. When the tyre is worse the electronics affects it more.”
Speaking of his spill at turn five, which came on an out-lap, Pedrosa said, “I guess [it was] a cold tyre. I used the tyre for many laps. I stopped and then when I rejoined the track on the out-lap I crashed.
“It's hard to have some good feelings because the grip is not so high. I've been learning today a lot about this temperature because when I crash I had less temperature in the front tyre.
“We have to test some tyres in the front tomorrow also. We will do some warm-up in the morning to see what is the plan with the rear but we will test some fronts to try to get the test done before the day is finished.
“This afternoon some of them were testing them. Obviously, with my crash everything was cancelled. I hope tomorrow I will have the time to do this front tyre test.”