Fresh from winning the 2017 Rider, Constructor, and Team titles with Marc Marquez, and the final race of the year with Dani Pedrosa, the Repsol Honda Team was back on track in Valencia today to begin the work for next season.
Marc started his test around 11 o’clock, Dani a little later, and the riders spent the morning balancing their 2017 bikes. In the afternoon they jumped on their prototype 2018 machines, equipped with a new chassis and engine, and continued their testing programme. They did not test the new rear Michelin tyres today.
Marc was quickly on the pace, finishing the day third-fastest with a best time of 1’30.501” after completing 70 laps. Dani managed to do 52 laps with a best time of 1’31.328”, 11th overall on the day.
Testing continues tomorrow, with the second and final day beginning at 10 a.m. local time.