The third and final day of the Sepang test was marked by variable weather conditions. Following an overnight rain shower, the track surface was still damp when the lights went green at 10 a.m., prompting the teams to wait until noon before sending the bikes on the track. The Repsol Honda riders were granted a couple of hours of work before a light rainfall halted them again until 4:30. Following a pause, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa resumed action, riding regularly until 6 p.m. Temperatures were much cooler than the previous days, with air and ground maximums of 32° C and 36°, respectively.
Despite the breaks, Marc and Dani made the most of the available time, continuing to work on the new “evo” engine and their electronics setups, where there is the most margin for improvement, although the team engineers already made a step forward compared to the previous test at Jerez last November. The duo was also satisfied with the progress made with the tyres, including the hard-spec rear and a new front spec that Michelin had brought to Malaysia. Marc set the day’s third-fastest time with a best effort of 2’00.883 on lap 44 of 45, whereas Dani’s 2’01.161, set on lap 35 of 48, put him in sixth place.
The Repsol Honda riders’ next commitment is the Team Launch in Jakarta, Indonesia, on February 14, before they head to Australia for another important three-day test at Phillip Island February 17-19.
Day 3 - Top 10 Results
|1||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1'59.580|
|2||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.976|
|3||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1.303|
|4||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||LCR Honda||Honda||1.412|
|5||Stoner Casey||27||AUS||Ducati Team||Ducati||1.490|
|6||Pedrosa Dani||26||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1.581|
|7||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||Octo Pramac Yakhnich||Ducati||1.637|
|8||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||1.643|
|9||Redding Scott||45||GBR||Octo Pramac Yakhnich||Ducati||1.649|
|10||Vinales Maverick||25||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||1.664|
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 59.053s (167.6km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2015)|
|Race Lap||2m 00.606s (165.4km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2015)|
|Race Time||40m 32.372s (164.0 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2018)|
|2018 Race Winner||Marc Marquez (Honda)|