Friday, February 7, 2014

Repsol Honda's Marquez Ends MotoGP Sepang Test on Top While Setting New Record Lap, Pedrosa 6th Overall in Final Day of First Outing of 2014 Pre-Season Results

Sepang 1 Testing


Thursday, February 6th 2014


           Malaysia - Testing Report

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
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 
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

  Sepang 1 Testing
1Marc Marquez93ESPRepsol Honda TeamHONDA1'59.533
2Valentino Rossi46ITAYamaha FactoryYAMAHA1'59.727
3Jorge Lorenzo99ESPYamaha Factory RacingYAMAHA1'59.866
4Aleix Espargaro41ESPNGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA1'59.998
5Stefan Bradl6GERLCR Honda MotoGPHONDA2'00.112
6Dani Pedrosa26ESPRepsol Honda TeamHONDA2'00.223
7Andrea Iannone29ITAPramac RacingDUCATI2'00.370
8Pol Espargaro44ESPMonster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA2'00.655
9Andrea Dovizioso4ITADucati TeamDUCATI2'00.725
10Alvaro Bautista19ESPGo & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA2'00.788
11Bradley Smith38GBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA2'00.896
12Cal Crutchlow35GBRDucati TeamDUCATI2'01.057
13Nicky Hayden69USADrive M7 AsparHONDA2'01.514
14Colin Edwards5USANGM Mobile Forward RacingYAMAHA2'01.731
15Michele Pirro51ITADucati Test TeamDUCATI2'01.782
16Hiroshi Aoyama7JPNDrive M7 AsparHONDA2'02.383
17Randy De Puniet14FRASuzuki Test TeamSUZUKI2'02.486
18Yonny Hernandez68COLPramac RacingDUCATI2'02.556
19Kosuke Akiyoshi72JPNHRC Test TeamHONDA2'02.619
20Katsuyuki NakasugaT1JPNYamaha Factory Test TeamYAMAHA2'02.788
21Scott Redding45GBRGo & Fun Honda GresiniHONDA2'02.833
22Michael Laverty70GBRPaul Bird MotorsportART & PBM2'03.187
23Hector Barbera8ESPAvintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI2'03.204
24Broc Parkes23AUSPaul Bird MotorsportPBM2'03.402
25Mike Di Meglio63FRAAvintia Racing MotoGPFTR-KAWASAKI2'04.516
26Nobuatsu Aoki9JPNSuzuki Test TeamSUZUKI2'05.686
27Karel Abraham17CZECardion AB MotoracingHONDA2'05.974

Circuit Information

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Length5.548 m / 3.447 miles
Left corners5
Right corners10
Longest straight920 m / 0.572 miles
Sepang International Circuit Sdn. Bhd.
Jalan Pekeliling
64000 KLIA
Selangor Darul Ehsan

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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