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MotoGP Test Sepang Day 3
Posted by: newsla on Feb 06, 2014 - 04:58 PM
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MotoGP Test Sepang Day 3


Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda RC213V) concluded the first preseason test of the year in first position, setting a blazing pace at Sepang, Malaysia. The reigning MotoGP World Champion has been fastest on all three days, upping his pace by several tenths each day. His quickest lap today was almost two tenths up on nearest challenger Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) and half a second inside his own pole-position record, established at last October’s Malaysian Grand Prix. It was also the fastest-ever lap around the challenging, high-speed circuit from a motorcycle.

 

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In a closely packed set of times, Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda RC213V) was the next best Honda rider in fifth place, just over half a second down on Marquez, with Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V) sixth, seven tenths off his team-mate.

After testing Bridgestone’s latest tyres, comparing different chassis and improving braking stability during previous days, Marquez focused on electronics and then completed an impressively quick race simulation. Over the three days he rode a total of 167 laps in withering tropical heat and humidity.

Bradl was in great form today, his quickest lap almost 1.2 seconds faster than his best time from the first day. Like many other riders he used the final day of the three-day session to concentrate on race strategies, including fuel consumption and tyre wear.

Pedrosa would have recorded a faster lap today if he hadn’t had a front brake issue this morning, when the track was cooler and therefore faster. During the rest of the day he experimented with different geometries in an effort to find more rear grip and he was happy with progress. Pedrosa rode a total of 192 laps during the three days.

Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini RC213V) was tenth fastest today to end the three days tenth overall. The Spaniard was satisfied with progress, despite being held back by a lack of grip and feeling. The data gathered by his team and by Showa’s suspension engineers should allow them to solve this issue when testing resumes at Sepang later this month.

Nicky Hayden (Drive M7 Aspar Honda RCV1000R) continued making forward progress with Honda’s new RCV1000R production racer, the first premier-class machine Honda have sold to private teams since the NSR500V twin-cylinder two-stroke in the late 1990s. The American – who won the 2006 MotoGP crown with Repsol Honda – is delighted with the bike’s handling, but is hoping for more power to bring him closer to the factory machines.

Former 250 World Champion Hiroshi Aoyama (Drive M7 Aspar Honda RCV1000R) worked hard on electronics set-up today and then switched his focus to the suspension at the end of the day, with some good results. He is already looking forward to the next Sepang outing.

MotoGP rookie Scott Redding (GO&FUN Honda Gresini RCV1000R) had a useful first full test session with the RCV1000R, learning plenty and getting faster each day. His best lap today was 1.6 faster than his best on Tuesday. After four years in Moto2, the Briton had fun perfecting his corner-exit sliding technique during the final day of action. However, this afternoon’s high track temperatures prevented him from dropping his lap times still further.

Moto2 race winner Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Honda RCV1000R) had an unhappy final day at Sepang, with an old shoulder injury causing him even more problems than it had on the first day. He stopped testing early in order to return to Europe to continue rehabilitation.

The MotoGP circus returns to Sepang on 26, 27 and 28 February before continuing testing at Phillip Island, Australia, and finally in Qatar, where the racing gets underway on March 23.

Honda rider quotes

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda): 1st overall, 1m 59.533s
“I’m pretty happy with how the three days here in Sepang have gone and we have started the preseason well. It's true that this is only the first test and we still have work to do, but we've already been able to do a race simulation and it has all gone well. We have tried many set-ups and we have gathered a lot of data, so we will be well prepared for the next test here. We still have some things to try out, so we must make the most of the days we have remaining here this preseason. Physically I feel good, I haven't stopped over this past month and have had a packed schedule, but I have been able to continue training. I was a little weak here when I arrived, because I had the flu last week, but in the end I felt fine which, is the most important thing. We can always improve and this test will help me to up my fitness.”

Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda): 5th overall, 2m 00.112s
“We leave Malaysia with a good base set-up and I am quite happy about the overall work we have done in the last three days. There are some areas to improve, like braking stability, but I feel good on this new bike. Today we focused on the race simulation but my long run was disrupted by a small issue with the rear brake. However, I was able to proceed with my daily programme and we achieved good feedback from the new hard compound rear. I hope that we can continue to improve in the next test.”

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda): 6th overall, 2m 00.336s
“On this third day we focused on the chassis, looking to gain more rear grip and I feel that we have made a lot of progress here. This morning we had a problem with the brakes on both bikes and I lost a lot of time, right in the part of the day in which you can put in a fast lap. However, I am happy that we were able to improve the set-up and in general today was a positive day. At the next test, I hope that we can continue from where we left off today, and continue improving before moving on to Phillip Island.”

Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini): 11th overall, 2m 00.788s
“Today we continued the work done in the first two days of testing: basically our efforts were focused again on the suspension, looking for more grip on the rear and for an overall better feeling with the bike. We made a small step forward, but at the moment we still cannot take full advantage of the new Bridgestone tyres; we have less grip than last year and as a result I still can’t open the throttle as I would like. Later this month, in the next tests, we will work hard on this aspect. We also need to improve our pace on a single lap: this morning I put on the softer tyre, but we were not able to exploit it, and I was not very fast. However, I'm quite happy with my race pace, as I was able to do many consecutive laps close to my best time. My opinion on this first test is positive: there is still much work to do, but the team and Showa have collected valuable data for the upcoming test.”

Nicky Hayden (Drive M7 Aspar Honda): 13th overall, 2m 01.514
“It has been an interesting few days here and we have made progress each day. Even so I was hoping to be further up the timesheets and to be a bit more competitive. Looking at the positives we have improved our lap times and our feeling for the bike, especially in corner entry. I know the team is working hard on the things that we know we need to improve and what we need to learn about this bike. We tried the new softer compound tyre at the end of the day and it gave us a bit of help under acceleration. But the biggest improvements have been with the electronics and in corner entry. We clearly need a bit more power too but the strong point of this Honda is that it handles well and it's a smooth ride.”

Hiroshi Aoyama (Drive M7 Aspar Honda): 16th overall, 2m 02.383s
“We had planned to do some work with the suspension today but opted to keep our focus on the electronics, which took up a lot of our time, possibly too much. The good thing is that we made some improvements and had some time to do some suspension tests at the very end of the day, which were positive. It has been quite a productive test for us because we have stored a lot of important information, the feeling has improved each day and so have the lap times so we leave Sepang in good spirits. The most important thing is that we have been consistent and we have marked out the path we need to follow in future. We are still a long way off the pace at the front though so the goal for the next test is to close the gap.”

Scott Redding (GO&FUN Honda Gresini): 21st overall, 2m 02.833s
“Today I was able to take another step forward: I am learning how to slide the bike to get it turned on exit and in general I felt more at ease while riding. Unfortunately, the difficult conditions of the track in the afternoon did not allow me to improve a lot of my lap time, but I'm happy with how my first test with the team went; later this month we will come back in Sepang, and we will continue to work on the suspension and on electronic set-up refinement, in particular traction control.”

Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Honda RCV1000R): 26th overall, 2m 05.974s
“Today was completely ineffective. I did only 12 laps, two of them only to practice starts. Then we had to stop because it made no sense to continue riding if I can’t ride at 100 percent. I’m now returning to the Czech Republic to see the doctors as soon as possible, though we do not have a lot of time before the next tests.”

Results Sepang Test day 3:
Pos / No. / Name / Nat / Team / Make / Best Tm / Lap / Laps / Diff / Gap
1 / 93 / Marc MARQUEZ / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / HONDA / 1:59.533 / 10 / 40 / /
2 / 46 / Valentino ROSSI / ITA / Yamaha Factory Racing / YAMAHA / 1:59.727 / 11 / 55 / 0.194 / 0.194
3 / 99 / Jorge LORENZO / SPA / Yamaha Factory Racing / YAMAHA / 1:59.866 / 2 / 65 / 0.333 / 0.139
4 / 41 / Aleix ESPARGARO / SPA / NGM Mobile Forward Racing / FTR YAMAHA / 1:59.998 / 7 / 43 / 0.465 / 0.132
5 / 6 / Stefan BRADL / GER / LCR Honda MotoGP / HONDA / 2:00.112 / 11 / 38 / 0.579 / 0.114
6 / 26 / Dani PEDROSA / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / HONDA / 2:00.223 / 29 / 55 / 0.690 / 0.111
7 / 4 / Andrea DOVIZIOSO / ITA / Ducati Team / DUCATI / 2:00.370 / 10 / 40 / 0.837 / 0.147
8 / 44 / Pol ESPARGARO / SPA / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / YAMAHA / 2:00.655 / 8 / 65 / 1.122 / 0.285
9 / 29 / Andrea IANNONE / ITA / Pramac Racing / DUCATI / 2:00.725 / 13 / 57 / 1.192 / 0.070
10 / 19 / Alvaro BAUTISTA / SPA / GO&FUN Honda Gresini / HONDA / 2:00.788 / 3 / 63 / 1.255 / 0.063
11 / 38 / Bradley SMITH / GBR / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / YAMAHA / 2:00.896 / 10 / 65 / 1.363 / 0.108
12 / 35 / Cal CRUTCHLOW / GBR / Ducati Team / DUCATI / 2:01.057 / 58 / 58 / 1.524 / 0.161
13 / 69 / Nicky HAYDEN / USA / Drive M7 Aspar / HONDA / 2:01.514 / 21 / 59 / 1.981 / 0.457
14 / 5 / Colin EDWARDS / USA / NGM Mobile Forward Racing / FTR YAMAHA / 2:01.731 / 41 / 47 / 2.198 / 0.217
15 / 51 / Michele PIRRO / ITA / Ducati Test Team / DUCATI / 2:01.782 / 12 / 67 / 2.249 / 0.051
16 / 7 / Hiroshi AOYAMA / JPN / Drive M7 Aspar / HONDA / 2:02.383 / 61 / 66 / 2.850 / 0.601
17 / 14 / Randy DE PUNIET / FRA / Suzuki Test Team / SUZUKI / 2:02.486 / 17 / 67 / 2.953 / 0.103
18 / 68 / Yonny HERNANDEZ / COL / Energy T.I. Pramac Racing / DUCATI / 2:02.556 / 31 / 65 / 3.023 / 0.070
19 / 72 / Kosuke AKIYOSHI / JPN / HRC Test Team / HONDA / 2:02.619 / 3 / 58 / 3.086 / 0.063
20 / T1 / Katsuyuki NAKASUGA / JPN / Yamaha Factory Test Team / YAMAHA / 2:02.788 / 13 / 38 / 3.255 / 0.169
21 / 45 / Scott REDDING / GBR / GO&FUN Honda Gresini / HONDA / 2:02.833 / 42 / 60 / 3.300 / 0.045
22 / 70 / Michael LAVERTY / GBR / Paul Bird Motorsport / PBM / 2:03.187 / 12 / 41 / 3.654 / 0.354
23 / 8 / Hector BARBERA / SPA / Avintia Racing / AVINTIA / 2:03.204 / 49 / 54 / 3.671 / 0.017
24 / 23 / Broc PARKES / AUS / Paul Bird Motorport / PBM / 2:03.402 / 40 / 43 / 3.869 / 0.198
25 / 63 / Mike DI MEGLIO / FRA / Avintia Racing / AVINTIA / 2:04.516 / 28 / 58 / 4.983 / 1.114
26 / 9 / Nobuatsu AOKI / JPN / Suzuki Test Team / SUZUKI / 2:05.686 / 10 / 12 / 6.153 / 1.170
27 / 17 / Karel ABRAHAM / CZE / Cardion AB Motoracing / HONDA / 2:05.974 / 6 / 12 / 6.441 / 0.288

Combined Results Sepang Test day 3:
Pos / No. / Name / Nation / Team / Make / Overall BestTm / Diff / Gap / In Session
1 / 93 / Marc MARQUEZ / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / HONDA / 1:59.533 / / / Session 3
2 / 46 / Valentino ROSSI / ITA / Yamaha Factory Racing / YAMAHA / 1:59.727 / 0.194 / 0.194 / Session 3
3 / 99 / Jorge LORENZO / SPA / Yamaha Factory Racing / YAMAHA / 1:59.866 / 0.333 / 0.139 / Session 3
4 / 41 / Aleix ESPARGARO / SPA / NGM Mobile Forward Racing / FTR YAMAHA / 1:59.998 / 0.465 / 0.132 / Session 3
5 / 6 / Stefan BRADL / GER / LCR Honda MotoGP / HONDA / 2:00.112 / 0.579 / 0.114 / Session 3
6 / 26 / Dani PEDROSA / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / HONDA / 2:00.223 / 0.690 / 0.111 / Session 3
7 / 4 / Andrea DOVIZIOSO / ITA / Ducati Team / DUCATI / 2:00.370 / 0.837 / 0.147 / Session 3
8 / 38 / Bradley SMITH / GBR / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / YAMAHA / 2:00.603 / 1.070 / 0.233 / Session 2
9 / 44 / Pol ESPARGARO / SPA / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / YAMAHA / 2:00.655 / 1.122 / 0.052 / Session 3
10 / 29 / Andrea IANNONE / ITA / Pramac Racing / DUCATI / 2:00.725 / 1.192 / 0.070 / Session 3
11 / 19 / Alvaro BAUTISTA / SPA / GO&FUN Honda Gresini / HONDA / 2:00.788 / 1.255 / 0.063 / Session 3
12 / 35 / Cal CRUTCHLOW / GBR / Ducati Team / DUCATI / 2:01.057 / 1.524 / 0.269 / Session 3
13 / 69 / Nicky HAYDEN / USA / Drive M7 Aspar / HONDA / 2:01.514 / 1.981 / 0.457 / Session 3
14 / 5 / Colin EDWARDS / USA / NGM Mobile Forward Racing / FTR YAMAHA / 2:01.731 / 2.198 / 0.217 / Session 3
15 / 51 / Michele PIRRO / ITA / Ducati Test Team / DUCATI / 2:01.782 / 2.249 / 0.051 / Session 3
16 / 7 / Hiroshi AOYAMA / JPN / Drive M7 Aspar / HONDA / 2:02.383 / 2.850 / 0.601 / Session 3
17 / 14 / Randy DE PUNIET / FRA / Suzuki Test Team / SUZUKI / 2:02.486 / 2.953 / 0.103 / Session 3
18 / 68 / Yonny HERNANDEZ / COL / Energy T.I. Pramac Racing / DUCATI / 2:02.556 / 3.023 / 0.070 / Session 3
19 / 72 / Kosuke AKIYOSHI / JPN / HRC Test Team / HONDA / 2:02.619 / 3.086 / 0.063 / Session 3
20 / T1 / Katsuyuki NAKASUGA / JPN / Yamaha Factory Test Team / YAMAHA / 2:02.788 / 3.255 / 0.169 / Session 3
21 / 45 / Scott REDDING / GBR / GO&FUN Honda Gresini / HONDA / 2:02.833 / 3.300 / 0.045 / Session 3
22 / 70 / Michael LAVERTY / GBR / Paul Bird Motorsport / PBM / 2:03.187 / 3.654 / 0.354 / Session 3
23 / 8 / Hector BARBERA / SPA / Avintia Racing / AVINTIA / 2:03.204 / 3.671 / 0.017 / Session 3
24 / 23 / Broc PARKES / AUS / Paul Bird Motorport / PBM / 2:03.402 / 3.869 / 0.198 / Session 3
25 / 63 / Mike DI MEGLIO / FRA / Avintia Racing / AVINTIA / 2:04.516 / 4.983 / 1.114 / Session 3
26 / 17 / Karel ABRAHAM / CZE / Cardion AB Motoracing / HONDA / 2:05.261 / 5.728 / 0.745 / Session 2
27 / 9 / Nobuatsu AOKI / JPN / Suzuki Test Team / SUZUKI / 2:05.686 / 6.153 / 0.425 / Session 3

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