The first day of the Sepang test took place today in hot, humid conditions (max temperature: 33° air, 50° ground) until rain began falling just 20 minutes before the track closed at 6:00 p.m.
Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa ended the day in third place with a best lap time of 2’01.780 on lap 23 of 34. Marc Marquez was seventh with a best effort of 2’02.278 on lap 32 of 50.
The pair took to the track in the morning on their RC213V machines, which were fitted with the engine they had run in Jerez in November. As the day progressed, they began to work with the new engine spec also. HRC engineers worked hard on the new Magneti Marelli software and on the bike setup as well.
Testing will continue for two more days.
Day 1 - Top 10 Results
Specifically built for speed and exciting racing, the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia is one of the world’s best. The 2,300 acre complex cost around £50m to construct and was built in just 14 months, holding its first Grand Prix in April 1999 and setting the standard for race circuits… read more.
|Length||5.543 kilometres / 3.444 miles|
|Longest straight||0.920 kilometres / 0.572 miles|
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|Pole Position||1m 57.491s (169.8km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2023)|
|Race Lap||1m 58.979s (167.7km/h) Alex Marquez (Ducati, 2023)|
|2023 Race Winner||Enea Bastianini (Ducati)|
|2023 Sprint Winner||Alex Marquez (Ducati)|