Marquez and Pedrosa finish first test on top

2015-02-06 11:50
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
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.”

Marc Marquez
Dani Pedrosa
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!”

Dani Pedrosa
Results Session

Weather: Sunny | Humidity: 57% | Track Temp: 50°C | Air Temp: 32°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1'58.867
Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1'59.006
Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team 1'59.388
Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1'59.401
Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1'59.624
Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1'59.851
Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team 1'59.874
Stefan 6 GER NGM Forward Racing 2'00.294
Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2'00.384
Aleix 41 SPA

Source: HRC

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