The 2014 season has finally arrived with the test ban over and bikes returning on track at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.
Repsol Honda riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa both spent time on the 2013 RC213V machine, to regain the feeling after the Winter break, before climbing aboard their 2014 bikes. It wasn’t long before the two Spanish riders were topping the time sheets with Marc setting the fastest time before lunch with a time of 2’00.767 set on lap 30 of 34. Dani was just 0.747 off him with 2:01.514 on lap 25 of 31, placing him 7th.
At 15h10 Dani went back on track to continue his testing programme which included working on the rear brake, shock, clutch and engine mappings. He completed a further 44 laps, taking his total to 75 (the most of any rider for the day) and set a fastest time of 2’00.906 placing him 3rd on the first day in Malaysia.
Marc rejoined at 16h00 working on engine mappings, clutch and also the new spec Bridgestone rear tyre and remained fastest for the day with a time of 2’00.286 on lap 52 of 62, half a second faster than second place Rossi.
Testing will resume tomorrow at 10h00 local time.
|1||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||2'00.286|
|2||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||2'00.804|
|3||Pedrosa Dani||26||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||2'00.906|
|4||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||2'01.082|
|5||Bautista Alvaro||19||SPA||Go & Fun Honda Gresini||Honda||2'01.240|
|6||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||LCR Honda MotoGP||Honda||2'01.320|
|7||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||NGM Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||2'01.419|
|8||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||2'01.538|
|9||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||2'01.634|
|10||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||2'01.876|
|11||Edwards Colin||5||USA||Athina Forward Racing||Forward Yamaha||2'02.483|
|12||Dovizioso Andrea||04||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||2'02.497|
|14||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||Ducati Team||Ducati||2'02.860|
|15||Hernandez Yonny||68||COL||Energy T.I. Pramac Racing||Ducati||2'02.891|
|16||Nakasuga Katsuyuki||21||JPN||Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||2'03.126|
|18||Aoyama Hiroshi||7||JPN||Aspar Team||Honda||2'03.328|
|19||De Puniet Randy||14||FRA||Power Electronics Aspar||ART||2'03.893|
|20||Akiyoshi Kosuke||JPN||HRC Test Team||Honda||2'04.267|
|21||Redding Scott||45||GBR||Go & Fun Honda Gresini||Honda||2'04.431|
|22||Barbera Hector||8||SPA||Ducati Team||Ducati||2'04.922|
|23||Di Meglio Mike||63||FRA||Avintia Racing||Avintia||2'05.825|
|24||Parkes Broc||23||AUS||Paul Bird Motorsport||PBM||2'05.889|
|25||Laverty Michael||70||GBR||Paul Bird Motorsport||PBM||2'06.070|
|26||Abraham Karel||17||CZE||AB Motoracing||Honda||2'06.755|
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)|