Alex Rins, the most highly ranked rider to remain in Moto3 this season, took the much-anticipated new Honda to tenth overall in the opening 2014 test at Valencia.

The Spaniard finished championship runner-up after a thrilling title showdown with Maverick Vinales and Luis Salom while riding KTM machinery for the Estrella Galicia 0.0 team at Valencia last November.

Rins and team-mate Alex Marquez returned to the circuit with the new NSF250RW, a machine Honda hopes will break the KTM domination.

However with KTM powered machines filling the top eight places, and the leading Mahindra in ninth, Honda still has ground to make up.

"I'm pretty happy with how we worked with the team in terms of the chassis and suspension, and although the times are still not what we were after, we are feeling good," said Rins, whose best lap of the week was 0.777s from leader Niccolo Antonelli.

"The weather conditions were not the best today, it was very windy, but we were able to maintain a good pace and collect a lot of data to develop the bike."

Marquez did not ride during the final afternoon due to fatigue in his right shoulder. Marquez, younger brother of MotoGP champion Marc, underwent surgery in December to solve a 'recurring dislocation' of the joint.

"I am pleased these three days of testing. Today I stopped testing early, because my right shoulder is still not 100% recovered and I prefer not to force it, in order to go to Jerez in better shape," said the Motegi 2013 race winner.

"Overall we are happy with the work done these three days, although the difficult conditions of strong winds prevented us from making as much progress as we would have liked. We need to keep working on the development of the new bike and the parts provided for us by the HRC technicians."

The next official Moto3 test will be held at Jerez from February 18-20.



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