With a total of 283 laps between them, Marc Marquez and Joan Mir completed a productive three days in Malaysia and set the tenth and 12th fastest times respectively.

The final day of testing at the Sepang International Circuit saw a later start to proceedings as the field waited for the track to dry. A shower of rain in the closing hour of action reduced running by only a marginal amount.

A third day of riding produced 55 laps for Marc Marquez as he gathered yet more data for Honda HRC ahead of the Portimao Test. Continuing to experiment with a number of setups and technical pieces, the #93 helped to define a clear direction of work for the coming weeks. A fruitful test, Marquez ended the event as the tenth fastest rider thanks to a 1’58.666 set on the final day – 0.777s behind Luca Marini, quickest at the Sepang Test.

On the other side of the Repsol Honda Team garage, Joan Mir completed his fourth day on the Honda RC213V. A time of 1’59.832 from the first day improved to a best time of 1’58.784 on Sunday, over a second faster. Mir and his team are aware that there is still work to be done in the coming test and across the opening races, but the double-World Champion is content with the progress made in three days of running in Malaysia. Mir leaves Sepang as the 12th fastest rider.

The engineers now return back to Honda HRC’s base in Japan to continue development and progressing through the pre-season plan. The Repsol Honda Team will next be on track at the Portimao Test, March 11 – 12, for the final test before the season begins.

Marc Marquez

10th 1'58.666

“It was a more positive day today, it was the first day where I was able to start working in the smaller areas. This is when I was able to start getting faster, step by step. But we still had to continue on the schedule and keep trying new items and new things. I want to say thanks to the team for organising everything well and working well all weekend. Today was a big day for testing concepts as well. We did everything that we needed to and the feeling did improve, but we still need to make a step.”

Joan Mir

12th 1'58.784

“I’m happy with how we have progressed at this test and I have felt strong every day on the bike. The bike feels more like my bike and I am able to ride in a better way than yesterday – this is what is important. My Repsol Honda Team has worked really well across all these three days. For sure we need to make progress, but every day we are making steps forward and getting closer and more comfortable. I am adapting more to the Honda style and I am enjoying riding like this, I’ve learned a lot across these three days.”

MotoGP 2023
Testing   Malaysia

Sepang Test - Combined Times

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marini Luca ITA 1'57.889
2 Bagnaia Francesco ITA 0.080
3 Vinales Maverick SPA 0.147
4 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.260
5 Martin Jorge SPA 0.315
6 Espargaro Aleix SPA 0.418
7 Di Giannantonio Fabio ITA 0.455
8 Bezzecchi Marco ITA 0.474
9 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.496
10 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.777
11 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia 0.821
12 Mir Joan 36 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.895
13 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM 0.908
14 Binder Brad RSA 0.923
15 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia 0.950
16 Zarco Johann FRA 0.963
17 Quartararo Fabio FRA 1.008
18 Miller Jack 43 AUS Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.012
19 Rins Alex 42 SPA LCR Honda Honda 1.043
20 Morbidelli Franco ITA 1.097
21 Nakagami Takaaki JPN 1.646
22 Fernandez Augusto 37 SPA Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM 1.771

Sepang Test Highlights 2023

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)