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Old 02-19-2016, 10:10 AM   #1
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Difficult final day for Pedrosa

Improvement to electronics has been the only positive of the test

REPSOL Honda's Dani Pedrosa has described the final day as difficult after struggling to match Thursday's good set-up.

Rain showers halted action at various points over the past three days at the Phillip Island circuit, but Pedrosa was able to complete a solid amount of work on his Repsol Honda Team machine where he spent the majority of Friday on used tyres like Jorge Lorenzo.

Using used tyres gave the engineers and technicians a much needed insight as to how the Honda may feel towards the end of a race. This data will now be sent back to Japan where HRC will continue to work on the bike.

Pedrosa was able to make a significant step forward with the new Magneti Marelli electronics package - an area he and Honda had struggled with in Sepang.

'Today it’s been a bit difficult,' began Pedrosa. 'In the morning it was hard to improve on the setup we found yesterday morning and lower our times. We rode on used tyres all day to see how the bike behaved after a lot of laps. In the afternoon, after the rain fell, we improved a bit in some places, but I think we still have some work to do.

'The positive thing is that since the test in Malaysia we have improved with the electronics, and we hope to take an important step forward in the setup of the bike at the Qatar test, especially with the new compound for the front tyre that will be brought there for us.'

A best time 1:29.606 came for Pedrosa on the final day which placed him eighth overall and within half a second of his team-mate, Marc Marquez, who finished second.

Pedrosa will return to track on the second of March in Qatar for the final pre-season test before the 2016 MotoGP season begins.

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