Marquez and Pedrosa to skip Jerez MotoGP test

Repsol Honda riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa will both skip next week's private MotoGP test session at Jerez, the Japanese manufacturer has confirmed.

Both factory riders began development work on a 2017 prototype bike this week in Valencia, where Marquez and Pedrosa ended up with the second and fifth best times respectively on Wednesday.

They were due to move on to Jerez for another two-day test, starting on 23 November, but it has now been confirmed neither will attend. HRC tester Hiroshi Aoyama and Marc VDS rider Jack Miller will instead represent Honda.

The reason given is that Honda does not have sufficient new parts to test to make using its race riders necessary, and that the data acquired in Valencia is enough for the factory to make use of for the time being.

Each manufacturer is limited to five test days a year with its race riders, and by skipping the Jerez test, Honda gives Marquez and Pedrosa two extra days to use during the 2017 season.

Neither will therefore get to ride the 2017 RC213V again until the next official pre-season test at Sepang, which is due to start on January 30.

Ducati and its satellites, Suzuki, Aprilia and KTM will all be present at Jerez along with a number of World Superbike teams, while Yamaha is conducting its own private test at the same time at Sepang.

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Dani Pedrosa , Marc Marquez
Teams Repsol Honda Team
Article type Breaking news