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.

Marc Marquez

1st 2'00.286

"I'm happy with how this first day went and to have achieved my goal of regaining my feeling on the bike. Of course, at the start I was a little stiff, but gradually I was able to pick up the pace. Today I tested the new rear tyre from Bridgestone and it felt similar to last year. Tomorrow we will continue with our plan: testing out the setup and beginning to draw conclusions from our findings. We put in a lot of laps today and I'm sure that tomorrow I will feel it; even though we train in the gym over the winter, here you work your muscles in a different way”

Dani Pedrosa

3rd 2'00.906

"It was a very long, hard day. We put in a lot of laps and despite us being fresh as it’s the first day, I'm sure that tomorrow I'll be feeling it! It was fun, as I had not been on the bike for a long time and was curious to see how I would feel after my operation last year. In general things went well and we focused on trying out the rear brakes, clutch and engine mapping today. Tomorrow we will work on the chassis and the new tyres. The bike seems very similar to last year's model; we still need more time to work on things, but it appears as if there are no huge differences required in terms of riding style”

MotoGP 2014
Testing   Malaysia

Testing Results

Sunny
Humidity
41%
Track Temp
48°C
Air Temp
34°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
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
13 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Ducati Ducati 2'02.552
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
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

Records

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)