MotoGP Official Test - Sepang - Testing
Date : 05/02/2013 Weather : Overcast Air : 30°C Track : 38°C Humidity : 91%

Strong start for Repsol Honda Team in Sepang

The Repsol Honda Team have begun 2013 in the best possible way, with Dani Pedrosa and Marc Márquez finishing the first day 1st and 3rd respectively.

After a long winter break, Dani and Marc were keen to get out on track on their Honda RC213V machines and begin their testing programme. The predicted rain showers held off and allowed a full day of testing at the Sepang International Circuit where yesterday HRC staff placed flowers at the commemorative plaque in memory of Marco Simoncelli. Both riders spent the day working through their test programmes and working with the Honda engine in preparation for the strict new 2013 rule of five engines for the season.

The top times were exchanged between a handful of riders throughout the day but finally Dani finished on top recording his best time of 2'01.157 on lap 48 of 49. Marc, who was top of the sheets at lunchtime, finished third just 0.044 behind his teammate with a lap time of 2'01.201 set on lap 60 of 62.

Testing will resume tomorrow at 10h00 local time.

Dani Pedrosa  Dani Pedrosa - 1st - 2'01.157
"It's the first day back testing after the winter break. We've spent three months off the bike and the feeling from the first day testing is positive. The track was in good condition and we were able to put in a lot of laps at a good pace, thanks to it not being especially hot. I haven't ridden since the November test in Valencia, so today has been a first step to getting back on the pace. We didn't play about with the setup today, but we will move onto that in the remaining two days of testing"
Marc Marquez  Marc Marquez - 3rd - 2'01.201
"I'm very happy with how the first day went, because you always have a few nerves after a couple of months out. I thought that I would take a little longer to get back 'on it', but right from the opening laps I felt very comfortable on the bike. We picked up confidence from the start, although obviously we can still improve. I don't think the result today should be used as a reference point, because we are all trying out new things. I focused on simply finding a good setup and getting comfortable on the bike. I tried to put in a good time so that the day's testing had a purpose"

Testing Results

1 Dani Pedrosa 2'01.157 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo 2'01.165 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
3 Marc Marquez 2'01.201 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Valentino Rossi 2'01.584 ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
5 Stefan Bradl 2'01.789 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
6 Cal Crutchlow 2'01.881 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
7 Alvaro Bautista 2'01.981 SPA HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
8 Katsayuki Nakasuga 2'02.968 JPN YAMAHA Yamaha Factory
9 Kosuke Akiyoshi 2'02.972 JPN HONDA HRC Test Team
10 Nicky Hayden 2'03.336 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
11 Wataru Yoshikawa 2'03.456 JPN YAMAHA Yamaha Factory
12 Bradley Smith 2'03.460 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
13 Andrea Dovizioso 2'03.535 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
14 Aleix Espargaro 2'03.782 ESP ART Power Electronics Aspar
15 Randy De Puniet 2'04.283 FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
16 Andrea Iannone 2'04.500 ITA DUCATI Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
17 Ben Spies 2'05.086 USA YAMAHA Ignite Pramac Racing Team
18 Takumi Takahashi 2'05.154 JPN HONDA HRC Test Team
19 Hector Barbera 2'05.469 SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
20 Yonny Hernandez 2'05.656 COL PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
21 Karel Abraham 2'05.694 CZE ART Cardion AB Motoracing
22 Danilo Petrucci 2'05.753 ITA IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
23 Hiroshi Aoyama 2'05.919 JPN FTR Avintia Blusens
24 Claudio Corti 2'06.426 ITA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
25 Michael Laverty 2'06.507 GBR PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
26 Lukas Pesek 2'07.015 CZE IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
27 Bryan Staring 2'07.044 AUS HONDA & FTR Go & Fun Honda Gresini
28 Colin Edwards 2'08.206 USA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing

Circuit information

First race 1999
GPs held 13
Laps 20
Race distance 116.508km / 72.387 miles
Track length 5.548km / 3.447 miles
Track width 25m
Longest straight 0.920km / 0.572 miles
Corners 15 (10 right, 5 left)
Pole position Left

Sepang International Circuit

Circuit records

Pole position 2m 00.334s (165.978km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2012)
Race lap 2m 02.108s (163.566km/h) Casey Stoner (Ducati, 2007)
Race time 41m 03.448s (162.153km/h) Valentino Rossi (Yamaha, 2010)
2012 Winner Dani Pedrosa (Honda)
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