The sun was shining on the final day of the Sepang test, and the Repsol Honda riders wasted no time in taking to the track at 10 a.m.

Completing a productive day of testing that was mainly focused on the RC213V’s latest engine configuration, the chassis and the Michelin tyres, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa improved their setup and pace. Marc today completed 85 laps (more than any other rider), and his time of 1’59.506” on lap 18 was the second-fastest (third in the combined standings), just 0.138” off the top. Dani set today’s fourth-quickest lap with his time of 1’59.578” on lap 64 of 67 (fifth in the combined standings), just under one tenth down on his teammate.

The Repsol Honda riders will now fly to Jakarta, Indonesia, for the official Team Launch on 3 February.

Marc Marquez

2nd (Combined Standings: 3rd) 1'59.506

“I’m much happier with my position today, even if the rhythm is really more important. We did a lot of laps, aiming to do as much work as possible, and indeed we did a good job; we completed much of our work schedule, though not everything. We need to make further improvements in some areas where I’m not yet totally comfortable, but even so, I’m happy that we got better and better over the three days, which is the most important thing. Today we again worked a lot on the electronics and also on the bike setup. In the last hour I did a mini-long run of 11 laps, sacrificing the time-attack a bit, but for us it was more important to work on the pace. I’m generally very happy with how the three days went.”

Dani Pedrosa

4th (Combined Standings: 5th) 1’59.578

“We were lucky with the weather today. We managed to complete a full day and were able to do many laps and work a lot. Obviously it was the final of three days in very hot conditions, and one already feels a bit tired being this is the first test of the year. Anyway, I may say it was a positive enough day because we made several steps forward. We struggled a bit at the beginning, but as the day went on we were able to fix several things and get quicker. We’re still not 100% but we were a lot faster than the first day, which gives a positive general picture to this first winter test.”

MotoGP 2017
Testing   Malaysia

Sepang Test - Day 3

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'59.368
2 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.138
3 Dovizioso Andrea 04 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.185
4 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.210
5 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.221
6 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 0.260
7 Stoner Casey 27 AUS Ducati Test Team Ducati 0.271
8 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.360
9 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 0.399
10 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.404
11 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.677
12 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.689
13 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.740
14 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 0.942
15 Folger Jonas 94 GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.944
16 Miller Jack 43 AUS Marc VDS Racing Team Honda 1.071
17 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1.077
18 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.169
19 Redding Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 1.277
20 Baz Loris 76 FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.505
21 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.970
22 Lowes Sam 22 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.973
23 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2.138
24 Nakasuga Katsuyuki 21 JPN Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 2.290
25 Tsuda Takuya 22 JPN Suzuki Test Team Suzuki 3.401
Location Information

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
Width 25 metres
Left corners 5
Right corners 10
Longest straight 0.920 kilometres / 0.572 miles
Constructed 1998

Sepang International Circuit Klia Pahang Malaysia - View in Google Maps

Records

Pole Position 1m 59.053s (167.6km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2015)
Race Lap 2m 00.606s (165.4km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2015)
Race Time 40m 37.691s (163.7 km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2015)
2017 Race Winner Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)