Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez returned to his RC213V for the first time in 2020 alongside rookie team-mate Alex Marquez as the new MotoGP World Championship season commences with testing in Malaysia.
Proceedings started almost as soon as the track opened in Malaysia, the Repsol Honda Team working for 2020 from early in the day. Unfortunately rain just after lunch limited track time.
Eight-time World Champion Marc Marquez completed a total of 37 laps before stopping just ahead of the lunch break. Having had his right shoulder operated on during the winter and completing 250 hours of physiotherapy, Marc is focusing on the quality of laps rather than the quantity of laps around the 5.5-kilometre-long Sepang International Circuit. Lapping with a best time of 1’59.676, Marc ended the day within a second of the fastest time as he looks ahead to the remaining two days of the test.
With two days of running already under his belt at the Sepang Circuit, Moto2 World Champion Alex Marquez picked up where he left off and continued building his confidence aboard the Honda RC213V. It proved a busy first half of the day for the rookie who completed 38 laps and set a best time of 1’59.918, Alex and the Repsol Honda Team pleased with the progress made so far.
The pair will be back out on track for day two of the Sepang Test, hoping for more cooperative weather.
Sepang Test Day One
|1||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||1'58.945|
|2||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||0.051|
|3||Rins Alex||42||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.250|
|4||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||LCR Honda||Honda||0.289|
|5||Miller Jack||43||AUS||Pramac Racing||Ducati||0.291|
|6||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.422|
|7||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||0.482|
|8||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.591|
|9||Mir Joan||36||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.623|
|10||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.624|
|11||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||0.721|
|12||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||0.731|
|13||Marquez Alex||73||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||0.973|
|14||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||0.994|
|15||Pedrosa Dani||26||SPA||KTM Test Team||KTM||1.072|
|16||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1.186|
|17||Bagnaia Francesco||63||ITA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1.191|
|18||Guintoli Sylvain||50||FRA||Suzuki Test Team||Suzuki||1.426|
|19||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||1.519|
|20||Lecuona Iker||27||SPA||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1.566|
|21||Binder Brad||33||RSA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1.574|
|22||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||1.805|
|23||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||LCR Honda||Honda||1.870|
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|
Sepang International Circuit Klia Pahang Malaysia - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m 58.303s (168.6km/h) Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha, 2019)|
|Race Lap||1m 59.661s (166.7km/h) Valentino Rossi (Yamaha, 2019)|
|Race Time||40m 14.632s (165.2 km/h) Maverick Viñales (Yamaha, 2019)|
|2019 Race Winner||Maverick Viñales (Yamaha, 2019)|