Dani Pedrosa says his Honda team has hit a brick wall with the progress of the RC213V as he tries in vain to close the gap to the top in this weekend's opening 2016 MotoGP round in Qatar.
Pedrosa was seventh fastest, one place ahead of team-mate Marc Marquez, after a lap n 1m 56.098s in FP1 at the Losail International Circuit.
The Repsol rider has more than six tenths to find with pacesetter Jorge Lorenzo but says the best he can hope for is to reduce the deficit 'tenth by tenth'.
“We were testing and testing the tyre set-up that we used in the last day of the Qatar test, then we changed the idea and tried a different one, but it's not ready yet as a complete thing and we need to work a lot on this idea,” Pedrosa said.
“We don't know if the changes will help but I hope the feelings I have got today and the changes we apply tomorrow are working more towards the direction we feel like, to make the bike faster.
“At the moment, the gap is one second and we just have to look forward to reduce the gap tenth by tenth.”
Pedrosa said big changes were needed to make the RC213V more competitive, but admitted Honda's progress has been stifled since the winter.
“Everything [needs to change]. We need to change from the power delivery to the chassis,” he said.
“You need to adapt to things and it takes time and at this moment I need to regroup with the information with the team and try to figure out what we will change for tomorrow.
“Obviously we want to improve the lap times and one of the things we found this winter is that we are stuck on the progress,” Pedrosa added.
“It is very difficult to make progress on the set-up on the days we test, so we need to make progress on the days that we test – that is the target.”