The Repsol Honda Team concluded a positive first test of 2018 in Malaysia, with Dani Pedrosa second-fastest with a best lap time of 1’59.009” and reigning World Champion Marc Marquez just over 3 tenths of a second behind him in seventh place, with a best lap of 1’59.382”.

The Repsol Honda men made the best of a day blessed by bright sunshine, each completing (among their other work) one 15-lap long run. Dani’s was in the late morning, and Marc’s was after lunch, around the usual race time.

Over the three days, Marc completed a total of 194 laps, Dani 170, collecting useful information for the HRC engineers and the team who will now prepare for the next test, scheduled at the new-entry track in Buriram, Thailand, 16-18 February.

Dani Pedrosa

2nd 1’59.009 (on lap 9 of 58)

“I think we had a positive final day, and a positive test in general here in Sepang. The team did a very good job, as we correctly planned the work schedule for each day. Today we put together all the best aspects from the previous two days and worked on our speed, improving our fast lap and our pace, and completing a long run of almost race distance on a good rhythm. We worked on the engine, aerodynamics, suspension, and tyres—both soft and hard specs. You could say we addressed more or less every area of the setup, and we got a good general feeling and collected a lot of data. We have to analyse everything more thoroughly, but the feeling was there. Now we look forward to confirming everything on other tracks.”

Marc Marquez

7th 1’59.382 (on lap 9 of 75)

“Today I feel very happy because we worked hard and quite well. We even did a long run of 15 laps around three o’clock, when the temperature on track was very high, and our pace was good. In the afternoon we kept trying different things and ultimately didn’t really make a time attack, but I felt very good on the bike. We need to check the new aerodynamics better, and on another circuit, as we want to make the right choice. On the other hand, I think we did a great job on the engine, even if we’re still not at 100 per cent with the setting. Generally speaking, I think Dani, Cal [Crutchlow], and I were working in slightly different ways, and we gathered a lot of information that will be useful for Honda to prepare a good base.”

MotoGP 2018
Testing   Malaysia

Sepang Day 3

Sunny
Humidity
54%
Air Temp
34°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 1:58.830
2 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.179
3 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.222
4 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.339
5 Miller Jack 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 0.516
6 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.518
7 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.552
8 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.619
9 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.681
10 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 0.698
11 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 0.717
12 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.785
13 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.132
14 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.241
15 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1.375
16 Kallio Mika 36 FIN KTM Test Team KTM 1.634
17 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1.696
18 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.717
19 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1.744
20 Simeon Xavier 10 BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.954
21 Redding Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.982
22 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2.139
23 Guintoli Sylvain 50 FRA Suzuki Test Team Suzuki 2.290
24 Luthi Tom 12 SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 2.296
25 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2.393
26 TEST 3 Yamaha 33 JPN Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 2.555
27 TEST 2 Yamaha 32 JPN Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 2.849
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)