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Repsol Honda Conclude Test With Marquez Top- Pedrosa 7th

Repsol Honda Conclude Test With Marquez Top- Pedrosa 7th

Written by  on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:40

Sepang, Malaysia- The second official test in Malaysia has concluded with World Champion Marc Marquez fastest after three days, and teammate Dani Pedrosa in seventh.

The riders wasted no time in taking to the Sepang track this morning at 10am and the customary time attack ensued whilst track conditions and ambient temperatures are more bearable. With several riders posting times under 2'00, Marc laid down the fastest lap with his time of 1'59.115 on lap 13 of 73 (the most laps by any rider today) and this time remained unbeaten for the remainder of this final day. He evaluated two chassis options and worked on engine mapping before completing a very positive race simulation this afternoon with only three laps above 2'00.

Teammate Dani Pedrosa spent this final day concentrating on electronics settings and completed 51 laps. He was one of only two riders (himself and Hernandez) to improve their time from this morning in the late afternoon. His fastest time of 1'59.912 on lap 49 placed him 7th overall.

It's been a very productive test for the Repsol Honda riders, who have collected important data for the HRC engineers to take back to Japan. Tomorrow the Factory riders will remain in Sepang for their first outing on Michelin tyres in preparation for the 2016 season, before returning to Europe for some recovery time ahead of the final test in Qatar, scheduled from the 14-16 March.

Marc Marquez 93: 1st 1'59.115 (73 laps)

"I'm happy because this morning we set a good lap, which is something important, but mostly I am pleased that we have completed all the work we had left pending from the first day. We're finished today with our homework done and I even had time to do a race simulation this afternoon, with a track temperature of 49°C. We have accomplished all the objectives we had set for this test, and now at the Qatar test our work will be more focused on the Grand Prix and fine tuning the setup of the bike. I do not think there are many more new things to try."

Dani Pedrosa 26: 7th 1'59.912 (51 laps)

"Overall this second test went well. Today we were trying many different combinations for the electronics setup and we have managed to take a few positive steps forward. Obviously we still need to improve some things, but the good thing is that we are clearer about the setup we have to use and the areas in which we need to make further progress at the next test. It's been a pretty intense few days and now we have to try to adapt our findings in the best way we can, in order to continue progressing at the next test and the races."

Results Session

Pos.   Rider            Num Nation          Team                  Constructor     Time/Gap

1  MARQUEZ Marc   93   SPA   Repsol Honda Team        Honda         1'59.115

2  LORENZO Jorge  99  SPA  Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha        1'59.437

3  CRUTCHLOW Cal 35  GBR     CWM LCR Honda           Honda         1'59.658

4  IANNONE Andrea 29   ITA        Ducati Team                Ducati         1'59.722

5  ROSSI Valentino  46   ITA  Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha         1'59.833

6  SMITH Bradley    38  GBR   Monster Yamaha Tech 3  Yamaha         1'59.883

7  PEDROSA Dani   26  SPA    Repsol Honda Team         Honda          1'59.912

8  BARBERA Hector 8   SPA       Avintia Racing               Ducati           2'00.244

9  ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA  Team Suzuki MotoGP        Suzuki          2'00.275

10 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA      Ducati Team                Ducati          2'00.468

11 ESPARGARO Pol  44  SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3  Yamaha         2'00.490

12 PETRUCCI Danilo  9  ITA       Pramac Racing             Ducati          2'00.556

13 HERNANDEZ Y.  68  COL      Pramac Racing             Ducati          2'00.603

14 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA  Team Suzuki MotoGP      Suzuki          2'00.604

15 BRADL Stefan        GER   NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha  2'00.685

16 REDDING Scott  45 GBR  Marc VDS Racing Team       Honda       2'00.695

17 HAYDEN Nicky   69  USA        Drive M7 Aspar              Honda      2'00.813

18 PIRRO Michele   51   ITA          Ducati Team                Ducati       2'00.875

19 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA  Factory Aprilia Gresini          Aprilia        2'01.310

20 DI MEGLIO Mike  63 FRA        Avintia Racing               Ducati       2'01.487

21 ABRAHAM Karel  17 CZE   Cardion AB Motoracing       Honda       2'01.536

22 MILLER Jack     43  AUS     CWM LCR Honda             Honda       2'01.593

23 LAVERTY Eugene 50 IRE        Drive M7 Aspar           Honda        2'01.815

24 BAZ Loris          76  FRA   NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha2'02.587

25 DE ANGELIS Alex 15 RSM NGM Forward RacingForward Yamaha 2'03.300

26 NAKASUGA K.  T1    JPN     Yamaha Test Team         Yamaha      2'03.448

27 MELANDRI Marco 33  ITA   Factory Aprilia Gresini         Aprilia        2'03.569

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