Marquez Fastest on Day One in Sepang With Pedrosa Fifth‏

Marquez Fastest on Day One in Sepang With Pedrosa Fifth‏

Written by  on Wednesday, 04 February 2015 12:16

February 4, 2015- 2014 World Champion Marc Marquez has begun 2015 as he ended 2014, on the top of the time sheets. Teammate Dani Pedrosa finished less than half a second behind Marc after suffering a small crash when he lost the front in turn nine on his last exit but fortunately remained uninjured and the bike had very little damage.

It was a frantic start to the day as the riders were evidently eager to get out on track after the long winter break. The Repsol Honda riders were fast from the beginning of the session as they set to work comparing the various bikes HRC have brought for this test. Both spent the day evaluating the different versions of the RC213V and it was Marc who finished this first day on top with his time of 2'00.262 on lap 62 of 63. Dani was just 0.483 behind Marc with his fastest time of 2'00.745 (lap 25 of 45).

The test resumes tomorrow at 10am local time.


Marc Marquez #93 // 1st - 2'00.262 (63 laps)

"I'm glad to finally get back on the bike. It's been a hard day and at the same time very positive, because on the first day after the winter break you have to regain confidence with the bike and adapt to the feeling of the MotoGP machine again. We tried three different bikes today, and this has been very important. I focused on testing them thoroughly and deciding which bike was the ideal one to continue working with at this test, and then this afternoon we focused more on one of the machines. I was able to start riding better and feel more comfortable on the bike. There are still many things to try at this test, so we have to remain calm like we did today and keep working."

Dani Pedrosa #26 // 5th - 2'00.745 (45 laps)

"I'm happy with the work we have done today on the first day of testing, because we were able to get back on the bike and we had a good pace. It went pretty well and I think we have improved the bike compared to the one we tested it at Valencia. We had a lot of work to do and it has been positive to have a good first day: it was important and we are happy with what we have achieved. There is still more to do, but we have taken a good first step. Tomorrow we'll see if we can continue moving things forward."


Results Session

Weather: Sunny  |  Humidity: 51%  |  Track Temp: 48°C  |  Air Temp: 33°C

Pos.        Rider                    Num     Nation            Team                 Constructor           Time/Gap

1      MARQUEZ Marc           93        SPA        Repsol Honda           TeamHonda             2'00.262

2      ROSSI Valentino          46         ITA        Movistar Yamaha      MotoGPYamaha        2'00.380

3      LORENZO Jorge           99        SPA       Movistar Yamaha      MotoGPYamaha        2'00.521

4      DOVIZIOSO Andrea       4          ITA           Ducati Team               Ducati                 2'00.617

5      PEDROSA Dani           26         SPA         Repsol Honda          TeamHonda            2'00.745

6      ESPARGARO Pol        44        SPA    Monster Yamaha Tech 3   Yamaha               2'00.930

7      IANNONE Andrea         29        ITA            Ducati Team                Ducati                2'01.424

8      BRADL Stefan               6        GER      NGM Forward Racing  Forward Yamaha       2'01.556

9      SMITH Bradley            38        GBR     Monster Yamaha Tech 3    Yamaha              2'01.707

10    CRUTCHLOW Cal        35        GBR          CWM LCR Honda          Honda               2'01.713

11    REDDING Scott           45        GBR     Marc VDS Racing Team      Honda              2'01.917

12    PIRRO Michele            51        ITA               Ducati Team               Ducati              2'01.951

13    PETRUCCI Danilo          9        ITA             Pramac Racing             Ducati              2'02.136

14    ESPARGARO Aleix     41        SPA        Team Suzuki MotoGP      Suzuki              2'02.225

15    BAUTISTA Alvaro         19       SPA         Factory Aprilia Gresini      Aprilia              2'02.285

16    AOYAMA Hiroshi           7       JPN              HRC Test Team          Honda               2'02.560

17    HAYDEN Nicky            69       USA              Drive M7 Aspar          Honda               2'02.699

18    BARBERA Hector          8       SPA               Avintia Racing           Ducati               2'02.700

19     MILLER Jack              43       AUS             CWM LCR Honda        Honda               2'02.807

20    NAKASUGA Katsuyuki  T1     JPN             Yamaha Test Team      Yamaha             2'03.092

21    VINALES Maverick       25     SPA            Team Suzuki MotoGP   Suzuki               2'03.164

22    LAVERTY Eugene       50       IRE                 Drive M7 Aspar           Honda              2'03.295

23    DI MEGLIO Mike         63       FRA                 Avintia Racing           Ducati              2'03.878

24    ABRAHAM Karel        17       CZE           Cardion AB Motoracing    Honda               2'03.879

25    BAZ Loris                   76       FRA            NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha    2'04.163

26    MELANDRI Marco       33       ITA            Factory Aprilia Gresini      Aprilia               2'04.502

27    DE ANGELIS Alex      15       RSM           NGM Forward Racing   Forward Yamaha   2'04.673

28   TAKAHASHI Takumi     72      JPN                HRC Test Team            Honda              2'04.719

29    TSUDA Takuya           12       JPN             Team Suzuki MotoGP      Suzuki            2'05.478

30    LAVERTY Michael      T3       GBR              Aprilia Test Team           Aprilia             2'06.190


From: Repsol Honda Team


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