Joan Mir and Luca Marini were joined by the entirety of the MotoGP World Championship in Malaysia, the duo ending in 14th and 17th respectively on the factory Honda RC213V machines.

Having already finished a busy two days of on track action during the Shakedown, the Repsol Honda Team were back out for another three days of riding. Conditions remained stable throughout the day with an extended lunch break allowing the majority of MotoGP riders to avoid the worst of the Malaysian heat. Continuing on with a refined testing plan based on the Shakedown saw the pairing of Joan Mir and Luca Marini complete 81 laps.

Mir finished the day as the fastest of the two riders thanks to a best time of 1’58.741, set on lap 42 of 43. The #36 and his team spent Tuesday experimenting with the setup of his 2024 Honda RC213V, continuing to gain valuable information for the upcoming season. Tomorrow, the second day of the official test, offers a chance to further improve his feeling and lap time.

Meanwhile, Marini continued to quickly adapt to life on the Honda and ended just 0.3s off Mir’s best time. Improving his feeling with each and every exit, the Italian remained content with the work he and the team have managed to achieve in the two days of the Shakedown and today. With a number of items to test and work through, there’s still plenty on the agenda for the newest Repsol Honda Team rider.

Two more days of running are still ahead for the Repsol Honda Team as the Sepang Test continues at pace.

Joan Mir

14th 1'58.741

“It’s only the first day so I am staying quite calm about everything as there’s still a lot more to come. We were able to improve Sector 3 and 4, our pace is good there. We were faster in the first half of the lap during the Shakedown. Today was about trying some new things and because of that it was the first day I think that we didn’t improve the bike. This can happen when you’re trying a lot of things. As I said, it is not a big problem because we will be back on track tomorrow. Tonight we need to compare our data.”

Luca Marini

17th 1'58.969

“We have many things to try but everyone is working very hard and well. I am really satisfied with how the first days have gone because every time I get on the bike the feeling is better. It’s an enjoyable moment, learning the new bike, the new team and the new culture. We found something better in the last few days but of course there is still more to do. The step since Valencia has been good and everyone is working together well. The objective is to keep putting all the pieces together because there are many new things and improvements.”

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Testing   Malaysia

Sepang Test Day 1

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 1'57.951
2 Acosta Pedro 31 SPA Red Bull GASGAS Tech 3 KTM 0.269
3 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.277
4 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.374
5 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.406
6 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.519
7 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.591
8 Bezzecchi Marco 72 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.654
9 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.670
10 Zarco Johann 5 FRA LCR Honda Honda 0.719
11 Rins Alex 42 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.765
12 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.773
13 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.787
14 Mir Joan 36 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.790
15 Oliveira Miguel POR 0.799
16 Bagnaia Francesco 1 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.862
17 Marini Luca 10 ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.018
18 Miller Jack 43 AUS Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.097
19 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR Yamaha Test Team Yamaha 1.186
20 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.261
21 Fernandez Augusto 37 SPA Red Bull GASGAS Tech 3 KTM 1.592
22 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia 2.169
23 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 2.451
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


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)