Thursday, Feb 5th 2015- Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa have completed another successful day's testing in Sepang, Malaysia, finishing third and fourth respectively.
After spending yesterday testing different machines brought by HRC from Japan, today both riders have a clearer idea of which bike they prefer and were able to work on the setup on the bike they have chosen. Marc and Dani both spent the day working on geometry, suspension settings and some electronics.
Marc – who completed more laps than any other rider today – finished the day in third, just 0.183 off Lorenzo, with his fastest time of 2'00.146 on lap 35 of 67. He had a small crash in turn seven on his final exit but escaped any injury. Dani was just 0.114 off Marc with his best time of 2'00.260 on lap 50 of 52.
The three-day test will conclude tomorrow.
Marc Marquez 93- 3rd 2'00.146 (67 laps)- "Today I focused on just one bike - the one I liked most from yesterday - and put in a lot of laps. In the morning we tested setups for the bike geometry and some different suspension settings. In the afternoon we worked a lot on the electronics, which is a slower process and requires more time and more laps. We have gathered a lot of information but tomorrow we still have to keep doing more testing, after analysing the data on the computer. I am pleased because we have continued to improve and we remained fast, even when the track was warmer."
Dani Pedrosa 26- 4th 2'00.260 (52 laps)- "After testing the three available versions of the bike that Honda brought here yesterday, we chose which of them we would continue working with and today we used two identical versions. This allowed us to work more on the setup, trying to adapt the new bike's suspension and electronics a little better. It has been positive, since we have been taking small steps in the right direction and from Valencia we have continued to make progress. I think we still have to improve some aspects, but we have another day in which to continue testing. Hopefully tomorrow we can put in more laps because we have been lucky these past two days; it has not rained at all and we have been able to make the most of the time available."
Results Session- Weather: Sunny | Humidity: 57% | Track Temp: 51°C | Air Temp: 32°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'59.963
2 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 2'00.015
3 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2'00.146
4 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2'00.260
5 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 2'00.391
6 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2'00.676
7 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2'00.959
8 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR CWM LCR Honda Honda 2'01.058
9 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2'01.098
10 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 2'01.344
11 BRADL Stefan 6 GER NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 2'01.484
12 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 2'01.615
13 AOYAMA Hiroshi 7 JPN HRC Test Team Honda 2'01.772
14 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Honda 2'01.844
15 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 2'01.916
16 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 2'01.932
17 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Factory Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 2'02.155
18 PIRRO Michele 51 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 2'02.199
19 HAYDEN Nicky 69 USA Drive M7 Aspara Honda 2'02.228
20 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 2'02.574
21 BAZ Loris 76 FRA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 2'02.842
22 NAKASUGA Katsuyuki T1 JPN Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 2'02.914
23 MILLER Jack 43 AUS CWM LCR Honda Honda 2'03.083
24 LAVERTY Eugene 50 IRE Drive M7 Aspar Honda 2'03.129
25 DE ANGELIS Alex 15 RSM NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 2'03.399
26 DI MEGLIO Mike 63 FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 2'03.609
27 TAKAHASHI Takumi 72 JPN HRC Test Team Honda 2'03.781
28 MELANDRI Marco 33 ITA Factory Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 2'04.487
From: Repsol Honda Team