MotoGP Official Test - Sepang - Testing
Date : 26/02/2013 Weather : Sunny Showers Air : 32°C Track : 50°C Humidity : 75%

Pedrosa fastest and Marquez third as rain stops play early in Sepang

After leading all three days in the first Sepang Test two weeks ago, Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa maintained his position at the top of the time sheets and Marc Marquez continued his good performance as the second Sepang Test got underway today.  

Dani and teammate Marc both went out on track around 10:30am but heavy rain in the past few days had left the track quite dirty and slippery, which was reflected in the early lap times - almost two seconds slower than the first test.

Dani spent the morning working on suspension and with engine mapping, especially in corner entry. He recorded the fastest lap of the day on lap 17 of 43, with a time of 2'01.580. Marc, once again happy to find his confidence with the bike from the beginning, spent the morning trying some different settings but was limited due to the track conditions, he took his fastest lap of 2'01.942 on lap 17 of 23 placing him 3rd for the day. He had a small crash in turn nine, but at such a slow speed he was able to pick up the bike and ride back to the garage unaffected.

Unfortunately heavy rainfall arrived again at 14:30 local time which ended the track action on this first day. Testing resumes tomorrow at 09:00 local time.

Dani Pedrosa  Dani Pedrosa - 1st - 2'01.580
"Today we continued trying things out with the bike here in Sepang, focusing most of all on suspension. We also worked a little on the electronics. The track wasn’t 100% after the rainfall from the past few days, but we were able to ride well. In the afternoon it rained again, and we used this to perform some laps in the wet. Tomorrow we will continue with the work that we have scheduled"
Marc Marquez  Marc Marquez - 3rd - 2'01.942
"Today went pretty well. It's just a shame that the track was so slippery, because we weren't able to collect all the data that we wanted due to the times not being so fast. We were not able to ride a lot in the afternoon either, because as soon as we got on the pace it started to rain and we aborted the session. We hope that the surface is better tomorrow, with more grip and less rain. Our aim is to be able to put in laps, gain experience and test out a lot of things that we have pending"

Testing Results

1 Dani Pedrosa 2'01.580 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo 2'01.815 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
3 Marc Marquez 2'01.942 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Stefan Bradl 2'01.959 GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
5 Valentino Rossi 2'02.028 ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
6 Cal Crutchlow 2'02.272 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
7 Alvaro Bautista 2'02.362 SPA HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
8 Andrea Dovizioso 2'02.801 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Nicky Hayden 2'03.143 USA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Bradley Smith 2'03.632 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
11 Katsayuki Nakasuga 2'03.734 JPN YAMAHA Yamaha Factory
12 Aleix Espargaro 2'03.941 ESP ART Power Electronics Aspar
13 Ben Spies 2'04.047 USA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
14 Andrea Iannone 2'04.050 ITA DUCATI Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
15 Wataru Yoshikawa 2'04.590 JPN YAMAHA Yamaha Factory
16 Michele Pirro 2'04.626 ITA DUCATI Ducati Test Team
17 Hiroshi Aoyama 2'04.743 JPN FTR Avintia Blusens
18 Randy De Puniet 2'05.288 FRA ART Power Electronics Aspar
19 Takumi Takahashi 2'05.510 JPN HONDA HRC Test Team
20 Colin Edwards 2'05.518 USA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
21 Danilo Petrucci 2'05.827 ITA IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
22 Karel Abraham 2'05.838 CZE ART Cardion AB Motoracing
23 Yonny Hernandez 2'05.908 COL PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
24 Hector Barbera 2'06.062 SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
25 Claudio Corti 2'06.306 ITA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
26 Bryan Staring 2'06.730 AUS HONDA & FTR Go & Fun Honda Gresini
27 Lukas Pesek 2'07.991 CZE IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project

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


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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