The Repsol Honda Team have begun 2013 in the best possible way, with Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez finishing the first day 1st and 3rd respectively.
After a long winter break, Dani and Marc were keen to get out on track on their Honda RC213V machines and begin their testing programme. The predicted rain showers held off and allowed a full day of testing at the Sepang International Circuit where yesterday HRC staff placed flowers at the commemorative plaque in memory of Marco Simoncelli.
Both riders spent the day working through their test programmes and working with the Honda engine in preparation for the strict new 2013 rule of five engines for the season.
The top times were exchanged between a handful of riders throughout the day but finally Pedrosa finished on top recording his best time of 2'01.157 on lap 48 of 49.
"It's the first day back testing after the winter break. We've spent three months off the bike and the feeling from the first day testing is positive." Pedrosa stated.
"The track was in good condition and we were able to put in a lot of laps at a good pace, thanks to it not being especially hot.
"I haven't ridden since the November test in Valencia, so today has been a first step to getting back on the pace. We didn't play about with the setup today, but we will move onto that in the remaining two days of testing," added the Spaniard
Maquez was third fastest in Sepang on day one - Credit: Honda Racing
Marquez, who was top of the sheets at lunchtime, finished third just 0.044 behind his teammate with a lap time of 2'01.201 set on lap 60 of 62.
"I'm very happy with how the first day went, because you always have a few nerves after a couple of months out." Marquez explained. "I thought that I would take a little longer to get back 'on it', but right from the opening laps I felt very comfortable on the bike.
"We picked up confidence from the start, although obviously we can still improve. I don't think the result today should be used as a reference point, because we are all trying out new things.
"I focused on simply finding a good setup and getting comfortable on the bike. I tried to put in a good time so that the day's testing had a purpose," he concluded.
The Repsol Honda team will hit the track again today for day two of testing in Sepang
Testing Results 1 - Dani Pedrosa - 2’01.157 - SPA - HONDA - Repsol Honda Team 2 - Jorge Lorenzo - 2’01.165 - SPA - YAMAHA - Yamaha Factory Racing 3 - Marc Marquez - 2’01.201 - ESP - HONDA - Repsol Honda Team 4 - Valentino Rossi - 2’01.584 - ITA - YAMAHA - Yamaha Factory Racing 5 - Stefan Bradl - 2’01.789 - GER - HONDA - LCR Honda MotoGP 6 - Cal Crutchlow - 2’01.881 - GBR - YAMAHA - Monster Yamaha Tech 3 7 - Alvaro Bautista - 2’01.981 - SPA - HONDA & FTR - Go & Fun Honda Gresini 8 - Katsayuki Nakasuga - 2’02.968 - JPN - YAMAHA - Yamaha Factory 9 - Kosuke Akiyoshi - 2’02.972 - JPN - HONDA - HRC Test Team 10 - Nicky Hayden - 2’03.336 - USA - DUCATI - Ducati Team 11 - Wataru Yoshikawa - 2’03.456 - JPN - YAMAHA - Yamaha Factory 12 - Bradley Smith - 2’03.460 - GBR - YAMAHA - Monster Yamaha Tech 3 13 - Andrea Dovizioso - 2’03.535 - ITA - DUCATI - Ducati Team 14 - Aleix Espargaro - 2’03.782 - ESP - ART - Power Electronics Aspar 15 - Randy De Puniet - 2’04.283 - FRA - ART - Power Electronics Aspar 16 - Andrea Iannone - 2’04.500 - ITA - DUCATI - Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team 17 - Ben Spies - 2’05.086 - USA - DUCATI - Ignite Pramac Racing Team 18 - Takumi Takahashi - 2’05.154 - JPN - HONDA - HRC Test Team 19 - Hector Barbera - 2’05.469 - SPA - FTR - Avintia Blusens 20 - Yonny Hernandez - 2’05.656 - COL - PBM - Paul Bird Motorsport 21 - Karel Abraham - 2’05.694 - CZE - ART - Cardion AB Motoracing 22 - Danilo Petrucci - 2’05.753 - ITA - IODA-SUTER - Came IodaRacing Project 23 - Hiroshi Aoyama - 2’05.919 - JAP - FTR - Avintia Blusens 24 - Claudio Corti - 2’06.426 - ITA - FTR-KAWASAKI - NGM Mobile Forward Racing 25 - Michael Laverty - 2’06.507 - GBR - PBM - Paul Bird Motorsport 26 - Lukas Pesek - 2’07.015 - CZE - IODA-SUTER - Came IodaRacing Project 27 - Bryan Staring - 2’07.044 - AUS - HONDA & FTR - Go & Fun Honda Gresini 28 - Colin Edwards - 2’08.206 - USA - FTR-KAWASAKI - NGM Mobile Forward Racing
Top Image: Dani Pedrosa on his way to topping the time sheets in Sepang Credit: Honda Racing