MotoGP Official Test - Sepang - Testing
Date : 07/02/2013 Weather : Sunny Intervals Air : 33°C Track : 51°C Humidity : 69%

Pedrosa remains on top as first test comes to an end

The first test of 2013 concluded today with Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa maintaining his place at the top of the timing sheet with a time of 2'00.100. Teammate Marc Marquez finished his first test of 2013 in 4th position with a top time of 2'00.636 after experiencing his maiden crash in the premier class.

Dani finished at lunchtime after completing his scheduled testing programme. He spent the morning working on engine braking, the balance and distribution of the additional weight of the bike, and he also had the chance to test the new compound Bridgestone tyre. He completed a total of 44 laps, recording his fastest on lap 4 in the morning when track conditions were perfect.

Marc enjoyed another strong start to the day but had a small crash in the final corner after losing the front of the bike under braking. After the crash, he recorded his fastest time on lap 32 of 33. In the afternoon, he completed a race simulation run of 20 laps to complete his first test of the season and ended the day with a total of 54 laps.

The team will return back on track in Sepang later this month on the 26, 27 and 28 of February.

Dani Pedrosa  Dani Pedrosa - 1st - 2'00.100
"We can leave Sepang with a good feeling, because we had good lap times on all three days. We were able to put in a lot of laps and, above all, try out some important things with the engine and the bike weight to adjust to the three kilos more for this season - dictated by the new rules. Today we focused on rear tyres, in particular the new Bridgestone hard compound. It is similar to the old one with a little more grip in some areas, but it also creates more chatter. We finished the test well and hope to continue like this in the following ones"
Marc Marquez  Marc Marquez - 4th - 2'00.636
"I am very happy with the results that we have had from these three days, above all because I gradually got more consistent with my times. This was what we were looking for from this test. Day by day we improved our times, but this is secondary really. The important thing is that we made our first race simulation, which has helped me to understand the class and the bike better and his given us a lot of information for the next test. We also had a first crash, which luckily was fairly light. I lost the front on the brakes, but I was unhurt and the overall verdict on the test is still very positive"
Shuhei Nakamoto  Shuhei Nakamoto - HRC Executive Vice-President
"Both riders have been working hard this week and we are very happy. For Dani, he is happy with some test items and not with others but this is normal for the winter test. Marc hasn't been testing so many things as the primary purpose of this test for him is to familiarise himself with the MotoGP machine, which is more important"

Testing Results

1 Dani Pedrosa 2'00.100 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo 2'00.429 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
3 Valentino Rossi 2'00.542 ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
4 Marc Marquez 2'00.636 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
5 Cal Crutchlow 2'00.734 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Stefan Bradl 2'01.003 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
7 Alvaro Bautista 2'01.502 SPA HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
8 Bradley Smith 2'02.093 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
9 Nicky Hayden 2'02.184 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Andrea Dovizioso 2'02.277 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
11 Katsayuki Nakasuga 2'02.616 JPN YAMAHA Yamaha Factory
12 Aleix Espargaro 2'02.628 ESP ART Power Electronics Aspar
13 Andrea Iannone 2'02.864 ITA DUCATI Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
14 Kosuke Akiyoshi 2'03.082 JPN HONDA HRC Test Team
15 Michael Laverty 2'03.874 GBR PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
16 Randy De Puniet 2'04.066 FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
17 Wataru Yoshikawa 2'04.137 JPN YAMAHA Yamaha Factory
18 Hector Barbera 2'04.211 SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
19 Takumi Takahashi 2'04.288 JPN HONDA HRC Test Team
20 Danilo Petrucci 2'04.531 ITA IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
21 Karel Abraham 2'04.766 CZE ART Cardion AB Motoracing
22 Hiroshi Aoyama 2'04.915 JPN FTR Avintia Blusens
23 Claudio Corti 2.05.107 ITA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
24 Lukas Pesek 2'05.321 CZE IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
25 Yonny Hernandez 2'05.407 COL PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
26 Colin Edwards 2'05.913 USA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
27 Bryan Staring 2'05.970 AUS HONDA & FTR Go & Fun Honda Gresini

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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