It's no secret that Honda is playing catch up in terms of adapting to the unified ECU and a rainy opening day at Phillip Island saw Dani Pedrosa get his first taste of riding in the wet with both the new software and Michelin tyres.
“Today, we try the first time in the wet, the wet tyres from Michelin and the wet setting from the mapping,” Pedrosa confirmed.
“We only had a few laps in full wet. So the setting is not ready for the mapping and for the chassis. It was just the first feeling for us to get the information for where we are and how far we have to go.
“But at least the tyres felt like we had grip. A few things to maybe improve - maybe on the full water it was a bit slippery, but they know this now and we'll see.
“With electronics we have to work on a few things, especially with the traction control and the torque of the engine.
“There are many different corners where sometimes you have third gear or second gear, some other corners with fourth gear, so you need to control a bit the torque, because the traction control set up is the same for each gear more-or-less.
“So a few things strategy-wise to see how we balance; if we use more the torque, or if we use more the electronics to cut the engine.”
Pedrosa, who confirmed he is only using the latest 'Sepang spec' RC213V engine, was 17th fastest after his 15 wet laps, other riders positing quicker times on slicks at the end of the day.
Team-mate Marc Marquez was twelfth fastest.