Saturday, February 7, 2015

Repsol Honda's Marquez & Pedrosa Leave Pre-Season MotoGP Testing in Sepang Atop the Charts

Honda Racing Corporation
Testing ReportFriday, Feb 6th 2015

  Sepang Test 1

MotoGP 2015

Marquez and Pedrosa finish first test on top

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have finished the first three-day test of 2015 on top of the time sheets, with both riders over half a second faster than their closest rival.

This morning during the cooler temperatures, 2014 World Champion Marc recorded the fastest ever time on two wheels around the Sepang circuit with his time of 1’58.867 on lap 8 – of 52 – (beating his own record of 1’59.533 from the 2014 Winter test), as all the riders took to the track in a time attack. In the afternoon, Marc completed a 20 lap race simulation, and gained valuable data about the current spec Honda.

Dani, who’s morning time was just 0.139 off Marc, also did a 20 lap race simulation in the afternoon – with 10 laps under 2’01 – and fine tuned his settings on his 2015 RC213V in preparation for the next test here in two weeks. He recorded his time of 1’59.006 on lap 11 of 41.

The HRC engineers will now take the data collected from this test back to Japan to analyse and prepare for the second Sepang test, due to take place on the 23-25 February.

Marc Marquez 93

1st 1’58.867 (52 laps)

"The truth is that when I saw the time I was surprised, just like everyone else! In any case, I must say that today the track was fast, as we all rode faster than before. I'm glad I was able to set a good lap, but more important is the fact that I felt very comfortable, right from the start. We did a race simulation later on, which also went very well and was perhaps even more important than a single lap. During the race simulation we tested different mapping and in every part we tried different things. The positive is that with the new bike we are already at the same level as in 2014, and there is still plenty of room for improvement. Now I can’t wait for the second test and to see what progress we can make.”
Marc Marquez

Dani Pedrosa 26

2nd 1’59.006 (41 laps)

"I'm happy with the work we have done today, because we have made progress in some aspects with the rear. There is still room for improvement, but overall we've taken some pretty positive steps in this test and I think that's a very good thing. The team have also integrated well and we have worked very smoothly together, so I'm very happy about that. We did a race simulation in which we tested the bike for the first time in such a scenario. Obviously there are some things to improve but, considering it was the first time, the findings have been pretty good!”
Dani Pedrosa

Results Session

Weather: Sunny  |  Humidity: 57%  |  Track Temp: 50°C  |  Air Temp: 32°C

1MARQUEZ Marc93SPARepsol Honda TeamHonda1'58.867
2PEDROSA Dani26SPARepsol Honda TeamHonda1'59.006
3IANNONE Andrea29ITADucati TeamDucati1'59.388
4ROSSI Valentino46ITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha1'59.401
5LORENZO Jorge99SPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha1'59.624
6ESPARGARO Pol44SPAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha1'59.851
7DOVIZIOSO Andrea4ITADucati TeamDucati1'59.874
8BRADL Stefan6GERNGM Forward RacingForward Yamaha2'00.294
9SMITH Bradley38GBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha2'00.384
10ESPARGARO Aleix41SPATeam Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki2'00.486
11CRUTCHLOW Cal35GBRCWM LCR HondaHonda2'00.536
12VINALES Maverick25SPATeam Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki2'00.964
13PETRUCCI Danilo9ITAPramac RacingDucati2'00.970
14AOYAMA Hiroshi7JPNHRC Test TeamHonda2'01.029
15BARBERA Hector8SPAAvintia RacingDucati2'01.183
16PIRRO Michele51ITADucati TeamDucati2'01.232
17REDDING Scott45GBRMarc VDS Racing TeamHonda2'01.263
18HAYDEN Nicky69USADrive M7 AsparHonda2'01.508
19BAZ Loris76FRANGM Forward RacingForward Yamaha2'01.624
20MILLER Jack43AUSCWM LCR HondaHonda2'01.895
21BAUTISTA Alvaro19SPAFactory Aprilia GresiniAprilia2'01.924
22DI MEGLIO Mike63FRAAvintia RacingDucati2'02.128
23ABRAHAM Karel17CZECardion AB MotoracingHonda2'02.297
24LAVERTY Eugene50IREDrive M7 AsparHonda2'02.334
25NAKASUGA KatsuyukiT1JPNYamaha Test TeamYamaha2'02.363
26TAKAHASHI Takumi72JPNHRC Test TeamHonda2'03.113
27DE ANGELIS Alex15RSMNGM Forward RacingForward Yamaha2'03.471
28MELANDRI Marco33ITAFactory Aprilia GresiniAprilia2'03.641

Location Information

Specifically built for speed and exciting racing, the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia is one of the world’s best. The 2,300 acre complex which also houses a hotel, shopping centre, golf course and other sports facilities cost around £50m to construct and was built in just 14 months, holding its…read more.

Length5.543 kilometres / 3.444 miles
Width25 metres
Left corners5
Right corners10
Longest straight0.920 kilometres / 0.572 miles
Sepang International Circuit Klia Pahang Malaysia – View in Google Maps
Sepang Circuit

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