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Sepang 1 Testing - Malaysia - Testing Report
Date : 04/02/2014 Weather : Sunny Air : 34°C Track : 48°C Humidity : 41%

World Champion Marquez back on top in Sepang with Pedrosa third

World Champion Marquez back on top in Sepang with Pedrosa third

The 2014 season has finally arrived with the test ban over and bikes returning on track at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.

Repsol Honda riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa both spent time on the 2013 RC213V machine, to regain the feeling after the Winter break, before climbing aboard their 2014 bikes. It wasn’t long before the two Spanish riders were topping the time sheets with Marc setting the fastest time before lunch with a time of 2’00.767 set on lap 30 of 34. Dani was just 0.747 off him with 2:01.514 on lap 25 of 31, placing him 7th.

At 15h10 Dani went back on track to continue his testing programme which included working on the rear brake, shock, clutch and engine mappings. He completed a further 44 laps, taking his total to 75 (the most of any rider for the day) and set a fastest time of 2’00.906 placing him 3rd on the first day in Malaysia.

Marc rejoined at 16h00 working on engine mappings, clutch and also the new spec Bridgestone rear tyre and remained fastest for the day with a time of 2’00.286 on lap 52 of 62, half a second faster than second place Rossi.

Testing will resume tomorrow at 10h00 local time.

Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez - 1st - 2'00.286

"I'm happy with how this first day went and to have achieved my goal of regaining my feeling on the bike. Of course, at the start I was a little stiff, but gradually I was able to pick up the pace. Today I tested the new rear tyre from Bridgestone and it felt similar to last year. Tomorrow we will continue with our plan: testing out the setup and beginning to draw conclusions from our findings. We put in a lot of laps today and I'm sure that tomorrow I will feel it; even though we train in the gym over the winter, here you work your muscles in a different way"

Dani Pedrosa
Dani Pedrosa - 3rd - 2'00.906

"It was a very long, hard day. We put in a lot of laps and despite us being fresh as it’s the first day, I'm sure that tomorrow I'll be feeling it! It was fun, as I had not been on the bike for a long time and was curious to see how I would feel after my operation last year. In general things went well and we focused on trying out the rear brakes, clutch and engine mapping today. Tomorrow we will work on the chassis and the new tyres. The bike seems very similar to last year's model; we still need more time to work on things, but it appears as if there are no huge differences required in terms of riding style"

Testing Results

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 1 Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team HONDA 2'00.286
2 46 Valentino Rossi ITA Yamaha Factory YAMAHA 2'00.804
3 26 Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team HONDA 2'00.906
4 99 Jorge Lorenzo ESP Yamaha Factory Racing YAMAHA 2'01.082
5 19 Alvaro Bautista ESP Go & Fun Honda Gresini HONDA 2'01.240
6 6 Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP HONDA 2'01.320
7 41 Aleix Espargaro ESP NGM Mobile Forward Racing YAMAHA 2'01.419
8 29 Andrea Iannone ITA Pramac Racing DUCATI 2'01.538
9 44 Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 2'01.634
10 38 Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 2'01.876
11 5 Colin Edwards USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing YAMAHA 2'02.483
12 4 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team DUCATI 2'02.497
13 51 Michele Pirro ITA Ducati Test Team DUCATI 2'02.552
14 35 Cal Crutchlow GBR Ducati Team DUCATI 2'02.860
15 68 Yonny Hernandez COL Pramac Racing DUCATI 2'02.891
16 T1 Katsuyuki Nakasuga JPN Yamaha Factory Test Team YAMAHA 2'03.126
17 69 Nicky Hayden USA Drive M7 Aspar HONDA 2'03.319
18 7 Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Drive M7 Aspar HONDA 2'03.328
19 14 Randy De Puniet FRA Suzuki Test Team SUZUKI 2'03.893
20 72 Kosuke Akiyoshi JPN HRC Test Team HONDA 2'04.267
21 45 Scott Redding GBR Go & Fun Honda Gresini HONDA 2'04.431
22 8 Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing MotoGP FTR-KAWASAKI 2'04.922
23 63 Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing MotoGP FTR-KAWASAKI 2'05.825
24 23 Broc Parkes AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 2'05.889
25 70 Michael Laverty GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART & PBM 2'06.070
26 17 Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing HONDA 2'06.755

Circuit Information

Length 5.548 m / 3.447 miles
Width 25m
Left corners 5
Right corners 10
Longest straight 920 m / 0.572 miles
Constructed 1998
Sepang International Circuit Sdn. Bhd.
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 40m 45.191s (163.3 km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2013)
2012 Winner Dani Pedrosa (Honda)
2013 Winner Dani Pedrosa (Honda)

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