The final pre-season test of 2013 has begun in very wet conditions in Jerez, Spain.
Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez waited until lunchtime to take to the 4.4km track in the South of Spain with lap times over ten seconds slower than the pole time from 2008 (1'38.189) as rain showers continued throughout the day.
However, both riders used the opportunity to work on wet set up. Dani, second fastest of the day, decided to finish at 16h00 after completing 30 laps with a fastest lap of 1'48.474 set on lap 23. He focused mainly on chassis stiffness and various set ups hoping the weather would dry up so the team could commence their testing programme.
For his teammate Marc, it was the first real opportunity to ride in fully wet conditions to understand tyre degradation and also traction control on the MotoGP machines in the rain. He also finished early, at 17h00, with the third fastest lap of the day, 1'48.524 - just five hundredths off Dani, set on lap 29 of 38.
Testing will resume tomorrow at 10am local time.