Release

Sepang 1 Testing - Malaysia - Testing Report
Date : 06/02/2014 Weather : Hazy Sun Air : 35°C Track : 49°C Humidity : 50%

Marquez remains fastest in Sepang with new record lap

Marquez remains fastest in Sepang with new record lap

The first test of 2014 has concluded with the World Champion, Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez, remaining the quickest man on track throughout the three days. Today – the final day of the three-day test – Marc broke the Sepang lap record with a time of 1’59.533 (beating Casey Stoner’s time from 2012 of 1’59.607) on lap 10 of 40. His teammate, Dani Pedrosa, finished 6th fastest overall with a best lap time of 2’00.223 on lap 29 of 55 today.

Marc spent his final day in Sepang working on electronics and running a 20 lap race simulation. In total, he completed 167 laps over the three days of this first test. Dani tested geometry settings on the bike looking to improve rear grip and found some positive solutions. He had issues with the front brakes in the morning which disrupted his chance at a time attack, nevertheless it was a productive end to a busy test in which he completed 192 laps over the three days.

This has been a positive start for the Repsol Honda Team and the HRC engineers, who will now return to Japan with plenty of data to prepare for the next test, scheduled in Sepang from the 26-28 February.

Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez - 1st - 1'59.533

"I'm pretty happy with how the three days here in Sepang have gone and we have started the pre-season well. It's true that this is only the first test and we still have work to do, but we've already been able to do a race simulation and it has all gone well. We have tried many setups and we have gathered a lot of data, so we will be well prepared for the next test here. We still have some things to try out, so we must make the most of the days we have remaining here this preseason. Physically I feel good, I haven't stopped over this past month and have had a packed schedule, but I have been able to continue training. I was a little weak here when I arrived, because I had the flu last week, but in the end I felt fine which is the most important thing. We can always improve and this test will help me to up my fitness"

Dani Pedrosa
Dani Pedrosa - 6th - 2'00.223

"On this third day we focused on the chassis, looking to gain more rear grip and I feel that we have made a lot of progress here. This morning we had a problem with the brakes on both bikes and I lost a lot of time, right in the part of the day in which you can put in a fast lap. However, I am happy that we were able to improve the setup and in general today was a positive day. At the next test, I hope that we can continue from where we left off today, and continue improving before moving on to Phillip Island"

Testing Results

Pos. Rider Num. Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 ESP Repsol Honda Team HONDA 1'59.533
2 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory YAMAHA 1'59.727
3 Jorge Lorenzo 99 ESP Yamaha Factory Racing YAMAHA 1'59.866
4 Aleix Espargaro 41 ESP NGM Mobile Forward Racing YAMAHA 1'59.998
5 Stefan Bradl 6 GER LCR Honda MotoGP HONDA 2'00.112
6 Dani Pedrosa 26 ESP Repsol Honda Team HONDA 2'00.223
7 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Pramac Racing DUCATI 2'00.370
8 Pol Espargaro 44 ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 2'00.655
9 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team DUCATI 2'00.725
10 Alvaro Bautista 19 ESP Go & Fun Honda Gresini HONDA 2'00.788
11 Bradley Smith 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 2'00.896
12 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR Ducati Team DUCATI 2'01.057
13 Nicky Hayden 69 USA Drive M7 Aspar HONDA 2'01.514
14 Colin Edwards 5 USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing YAMAHA 2'01.731
15 Michele Pirro 51 ITA Ducati Test Team DUCATI 2'01.782
16 Hiroshi Aoyama 7 JPN Drive M7 Aspar HONDA 2'02.383
17 Randy De Puniet 14 FRA Suzuki Test Team SUZUKI 2'02.486
18 Yonny Hernandez 68 COL Pramac Racing DUCATI 2'02.556
19 Kosuke Akiyoshi 72 JPN HRC Test Team HONDA 2'02.619
20 Katsuyuki Nakasuga T1 JPN Yamaha Factory Test Team YAMAHA 2'02.788
21 Scott Redding 45 GBR Go & Fun Honda Gresini HONDA 2'02.833
22 Michael Laverty 70 GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART & PBM 2'03.187
23 Hector Barbera 8 ESP Avintia Racing MotoGP FTR-KAWASAKI 2'03.204
24 Broc Parkes 23 AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 2'03.402
25 Mike Di Meglio 63 FRA Avintia Racing MotoGP FTR-KAWASAKI 2'04.516
26 Nobuatsu Aoki 9 JPN Suzuki Test Team SUZUKI 2'05.686
27 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Cardion AB Motoracing HONDA 2'05.974

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)

Photo Gallery

PRESS RELEASE Sign-up for Newsletter

Page Top

Honda Worldwide site

Home | Site Map | Site Index | About this Site

Copyright, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. and its subsidiaries and affiliates. All Rights Reserved.