Wet test leaves unanswered questions for Honda

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After a miserable weekend for Honda, where Dani Pedrosa finished on the podium but was 20s behind Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez crashed out of the race, losing a day of testing because of bad weather was a major setback for the Japanese manufacturer.

Having planned on using the day to "cross some things off his list" Pedrosa was limited to just two runs in the morning before the rain came.

"I was testing some electronics but I couldn't continue with the testing because of the rain," said the Spaniard."The weather is what is what is and obviously it would have been perfect for it to have stayed dry but we don't control that. We didn't have a lot to test but it would have been ideal to complete the test so we could cross some things off our lists.

"There's some things on the bike that we need to work on and where we need to focus our improvements. But at the moment with the rules that we have it's very hard to make changes without affecting other things. Now the engineers have to take all the information from the races and to try and get some development but because next year the tyres will change we need to believe that what we are doing will also work for the future."

For Marquez the day had been planned as one where he would use the 2014 chassis with the 2015 swingarm to evaluate what direction Honda needs to take and as a result the lost tracktime will leave him with plenty of questions at the next round of the championship in Assen.

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Steve English

By Steve English