Focusing on quality rather than quantity, Marc Marquez quickly got back up to speed at the Sepang Test as he set the fastest time of the day.
With a dry start to proceedings at the Sepang International Circuit, the Repsol Honda Team were eager to get underway and Marc Marquez soon entered the track. Over the winter, a number of new parts and modifications have been made to the RC213V to ensure it will once again be challenging for the MotoGP™ World Championship. The conditions gave Marquez a chance to understand both the 2019 Honda RC213V and the condition of his left shoulder.
Despite only riding until just before 14:00 Local Time, Marquez was able to set a 1’59.621 and move to the top of the time sheets. By ending early, Marquez was able to undergo further physiotherapy on his shoulder and rest ahead of day two at the Sepang Test. Marquez concluded the day as the fastest rider, 0.259s ahead of second placed Rins.
Official Test Rider Stefan Bradl continued aboard the RC213V, completing 61 laps and ending day one in ninth place.
Sepang Test Day One
|1||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1'59.621|
|2||Rins Alex||42||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.259|
|3||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.316|
|4||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati||0.362|
|5||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||0.430|
|6||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.433|
|7||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||LCR Honda||Honda||0.537|
|8||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||0.576|
|9||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||HRC Test Team||Honda||0.593|
|10||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.692|
|11||Miller Jack||43||AUS||Pramac Racing||Ducati||0.762|
|12||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||0.839|
|13||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||0.981|
|14||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||LCR Honda||Honda||1.060|
|15||Bagnaia Francesco||63||ITA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1.073|
|16||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||Red Bull KTM Tech 3||KTM||1.281|
|17||TEST 1 Yamaha||31||JPN||Yamaha Test Team||Yamaha||1.344|
|18||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||1.364|
|19||Kallio Mika||82||FIN||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1.433|
|20||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1.500|
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)|