Marquez and Pedrosa Finish First Test on Top

Marquez and Pedrosa Finish First Test on Top

Written by  on Friday, 06 February 2015 12:30

Fenruary 6, 2015- 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."

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!"

Results Session

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

Pos      .Rider                           Num   Nation           Team                    Constructor         Time/Gap

1       MARQUEZ Marc               93      SPA      Repsol Honda Team         Honda              1'58.867

2       PEDROSA Dani                26      SPA      Repsol Honda Team         Honda              1'59.006

3       IANNONE Andrea             29       ITA           Ducati Team                 Ducati              1'59.388

4       ROSSI Valentino              46       ITA    Movistar Yamaha MotoGP   Yamaha             1'59.401

5       LORENZO Jorge               99      SPA   Movistar Yamaha MotoGP   Yamaha            1'59.624

6       ESPARGARO Pol            44      SPA    Monster Yamaha Tech 3     Yamaha             1'59.851

7       DOVIZIOSO Andrea           4       ITA             Ducati Team                Ducati              1'59.874

8       BRADL Stefan                   6      GER       NGM Forward Racing  Forward Yamaha     2'00.294

9      SMITH Bradley                  38      GBR    Monster Yamaha Tech 3     Yamaha            2'00.384

10     ESPARGARO Aleix          41      SPA      Team Suzuki MotoGP       Suzuki              2'00.486

11     CRUTCHLOW Cal             35     GBR         CWM LCR Honda           Honda              2'00.536

12     VINALES Maverick            25     SPA       Team Suzuki MotoGP      Suzuki              2'00.964

13     PETRUCCI Danilo               9      ITA            Pramac Racing            Ducati               2'00.970

14     AOYAMA Hiroshi                7     JPN           HRC Test Team            Honda               2'01.029

15     BARBERA Hector               8     SPA           Avintia Racing              Ducati               2'01.183

16     PIRRO Michele                  51     ITA             Ducati Team               Ducati               2'01.232

17     REDDING Scott                 45    GBR    Marc VDS Racing Team      Honda               2'01.263

18     HAYDEN Nicky                 69     USA          Drive M7 Aspar             Honda               2'01.508

19     BAZ Loris                         76      FRA      NGM Forward Racing  Forward Yamaha     2'01.624

20     MILLER Jack                    43     AUS          CWM LCR Honda           Honda              2'01.895

21     BAUTISTA Alvaro              19     SPA       Factory Aprilia Gresini       Aprilia               2'01.924

22     DI MEGLIO Mike               63     FRA            Avintia Racing              Ducati              2'02.128

23     ABRAHAM Karel               17     CZE       Cardion AB Motoracing      Honda              2'02.297

24     LAVERTY Eugene             50      IRE            Drive M7 Aspar             Honda             2'02.334

25     NAKASUGA Katsuyuki      T1      JPN          Yamaha Test Team       Yamaha            2'02.363

26     TAKAHASHI Takumi          72     JPN             HRC Test Team            Honda             2'03.113

27     DE ANGELIS Alex             15     RSM       NGM Forward Racing  Forward Yamaha    2'03.471

28     MELANDRI Marco              33     ITA         Factory Aprilia Gresini        Aprilia             2'03.641


From: Repsol Honda Team


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