MotoGP

Marquez dominates MotoGP Sepang test

MotoGP journeyed to Sepang, Malaysia for the first test of the year this week and 2013 World Champion Marc Marquez picked up where he left off by dominating each of the three days of running. There was stiff competition from Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, not to mention Marquez’s perennially unlucky team-mate Dani Pedrosa. The CRT class is gone, swept aside in favour of the new ‘Open’ category and Ducati are toying with the idea of joining the ranks of the Open teams to avoid another season struggling in the GP class doldrums; the Sepang test did little to change their course of thinking.

“I’m pretty happy with how the three days here in Sepang have gone and we have started the pre-season well.” said Marquez post-test.

“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.”

Times from 4th/5th/6th February test days shown in reverse order below:

Day Three

POS RIDER BIKE/TEAM Laptime
1 Marquez Honda 1:59:533
2 Rossi Yamaha 1:59:727
3 Lorenzo Yamaha 1:59:866
4 A Espargaro NGM Racing 1:59:998
5 Bradl LCR Honda 2:00:112
6 Pedrosa Honda 2:00:223
7 Dovizioso Ducati 2:00:370
8 P Espargaro Yamaha Tech 3 2:00:655
9 Iannone Pramac 2:00:725
10 Bautista Honda Gresini 2:00:788
11 Smith Yamaha Tech 3 2:00:896
12 Crutchlow Ducati 2:01:057
13 Hayden M7 Aspar 2:01:514
14 Edwards NGM Racing 2:01:731
15 Pirro Ducati 2:01:782
16 Aoyama M7 Aspar 2:02:383
17 De Puniet Suzuki 2:02:486
18 Hernandez Pramac 2:02:556
19 Akiyoshi HRC 2:02:619
20 Nakasuga Yamaha 2:02:788
21 Redding Honda Gresini 2:02:833
22 Laverty PBM 2:03:187
23 Barbera Avintia Racing 2:03:204
24 Parkes PBM 2:03:402
25 Di Meglio Avintia Racing 2:04:516
26 Aoki Suzuki 2:05:686
27 Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing 2:05:974

Day Two – Times

POS RIDER BIKE/TEAM Laptime
1 Marquez Honda 1:59:926
2 Pedrosa Honda 2:00:336
3 Bradl LCR Honda 2:00:339
4 Rossi Yamaha 2:00:464
5 A Espargaro NGM Racing 2:00:547
6 Lorenzo Yamaha 2:00:573
7 Smith Yamaha Tech 3 2:00:603
8 Iannone Pramac 2:00:855
9 Bautista Honda Gresini 2:00:897
10 P Espargaro Yamaha Tech 3 2:01:061
11 Dovizioso Ducati 2:01:146
12 Crutchlow Ducati 2:01:396
13 Pirro Ducati 2:02:177
14 Hayden M7 Aspar 2:02:287
15 Edwards NGM Racing 2:02:545
16 Hernandez Pramac 2:02:675
17 Akiyoshi HRC 2:02:692
18 Aoyama M7 Aspar 2:02:825
19 Nakasuga Yamaha 2:02:970
20 De Puniet Suzuki 2:03:064
21 Redding Honda Gresini 2:03:117
22 Laverty PBM 2:03:528
23 Barbera Avintia Racing 2:04:551
24 Parkes PBM 2:04:619
25 Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing 2:05:261
26 Di Meglio Avintia Racing 2:05:355

Day One – Times

POS RIDER BIKE/TEAM Laptime
1 Marquez Honda 2:00:286
2 Rossi Yamaha 2:00:804
3 Pedrosa Honda 2:00:906
4 Lorenzo Yamaha 2:01:082
5 Bautista Honda Gresini 2:01:240
6 Bradl LCR Honda 2:01:320
7 A Espargaro NGM Racing 2:01:419
8 Iannone Pramac 2:01:538
9 P Espargaro Yamaha Tech 3 2:01:634
10 Smith Yamaha Tech 3 2:01:876
11 Edwards NGM Racing 2:02:483
12 Dovizioso Ducati 2:02:497
13 Pirro Ducati 2:02:552
14 Crutchlow Ducati 2:02:860
15 Hernandez Pramac 2:02:891
16 Nakasuga Yamaha 2:03:126
17 Hayden M7 Aspar 2:03:319
18 Aoyama M7 Aspar 2:03:328
19 De Puniet Suzuki 2:03:893
20 Akiyoshi HRC 2:04:267
21 Redding Honda Gresini 2:04:431
22 Barbera Avintia Racing 2:04:922
23 Di Meglio Avintia Racing 2:05:825
24 Parkes PBM 2:05:889
25 Laverty PBM 2:06:070
26 Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing 2:06:755
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